Composer:   Stephen Chatman
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   E.C. Schirmer
Edition:   EC.7.0450
Voicing:   SATB div
Setting:   A Cappella


Angela Broeker
University of St. Thomas 2010
R&R Chair College & University

A Finnish medieval chant serves as the basis for Chatman’s Christmas piece. The chant, in d minor, is harmonized with numerous open fourths and fifths and sometimes hints at Dorian with its addition of b naturals. Used as a processional with hand drum, the piece unfolds gradually, swelling to a glorious conclusion. The alternate English singing translation offered by the composer works well.