of your sleep
My Three Medieval Carols were written between 1969 and 1973 for the six solo
voices of the Baccholian Singers. Later I have revised them for mens voices of
the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, retaining the six-part texture but
relaying some sections to contrast solo and full voices. The carols need little in the way of
introduction or explanation and reflect the Christmas message in a style that
is both direct and colourful.
Out of your
sleep begins with a slow introduction making use of some aleatoric techniques to paint a picture of gradual waking
into a dawn full of bells. Thereafter
the music picks up in tempo, although the bell sounds are never far way and
finally form a joyful coda. Maid, Mother, Mary is altogether
gentler and more reflective in character, and makes much use of a solo
tenor. Welcome! Our Messias is an exuberant
setting that drives the music forward to a bright, optimistic conclusion.
© Christopher Brown