Category:   COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY
Composer:   French carol
Arranger:   Matthew Culloton
Publisher:   MorningStar Music
Edition:   MSM-50-0065
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella

Reviewer:   

Angela Broeker
University of St. Thomas 2011
R&R Chair College & University

Those wishing for a carol arrangement that is sophisticated, interesting, and pleasing need look no further. Avoiding the typical clichés so prevalent in other arrangements of this tune, Matthew Culloton instead takes us on a mystical journey. A dotted rhythm set to the word “gloria” provides interest and forward motion in the accompanying voices. Avoiding the traditional E or F major tonality, this arrangement strives to remain in c# minor, thereby taking the listener to uncharted mysteries. Be listening for the surprise embedded in the tenor voice as the piece unwinds to its quiet conclusion.