Category:   COMMUNITY CHOIRS
Composer:   René Clausen
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Shawnee Press (Mark Foster)
Edition:   3223955
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Rick Kvam
Choral Arts Ensemble 2001
R&R Chair Community Choirs

Here is another lovely, accessible work for Christmas. Featured in the 2000 Concordia Christmas concerts, the work was commissioned by Choral Arts Ensemble in 1998. The piece calls for string orchestra with one flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and harp. It divides into eight generally simple choral parts, and the challenge is to bring out the riches of the contrapuntal textures employed throughout (for example, the choral conclusion involves a short melodic fragment sung by the eight voices at four different speeds and at overlapping times – a sort of modern mensuration canon). Duration is about 5 minutes.