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CoverThe Christmas Bird [level: Medium]
Sheena Phillips: Bio and other works
voicing: SATB | catalog number: SBMP 1199 | duration: 3:00 | price: $1.95
accompaniment: flute
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This charming piece with its beautiful choral melodies, features a flute mimicking the exuberant Christmas bird. The text, by an Irish contemporary of Yeats, tells of the bird singing sweet and low, loud and shrill, as the star stood still above the stable.


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CLICK HERE: Read the text
The fold at midnight
Was light as the moon,
And in a tree a birdie bright
Sang still the gladdest tune.

With wings of gold sheen,
And gold head and hood,
He was the fairest bird, I ween,
That ever sang in wood.

He sang sweet and low,
He sang loud and shrill;
Above the stable in the snow,
The Star stood still.

The shepherd swains said then,
(Each fell on his knee),
“That was the very sweetest strain
Was ever sung in tree.”

Are many birds in bower
With many a dulcet song;
But none like him who sang that hour
The Christmas boughs among.

by Katharine Tynan


VocalEssence, Philip Brunelle, conductor, with Michele Antonello Frisch, flute [© all rights reserved]
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