Twas in the moon of wintertime (Huron Carol) (Crys Armbrust)

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  • (Posted 2013-08-17)   CPDL #29849:     
Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-16).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 519 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: See alternate version below for expanded orchestral version with strings. Flute and horn parts included.
  • (Posted 2013-08-17)   CPDL #29850:     
Editor: Crys Armbrust (submitted 2013-08-16).   Score information: Letter, 17 pages, 1.05 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Conductor's score, string, flute, horn and drum parts included. Choir score included in separate work entry above.

General Information

Title: Twas in the moon of wintertime (Huron Carol)
Composer: Crys Armbrust

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SATB with 3-part men & 3-part women divisi
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

Published: 2004

Description: Original setting of Huron Carol text by Jean de Brebeuf (1593-1649) for SATB choir with 3-part men and women divisi, organ, flute and horn. The alternate versions replaces organ with strings (V1&2, Va1&2, Vcl and Cb). English translation by Jesse E. Middleton (1872-1960).

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

’Twas in the moon of wintertime,
When all the birds had fled,
That mighty God, the Lord of all,
Sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wondering hunters heard the hymn:

Refrain:
Jesus your King is born,
Jesus is born,
In excelsis gloria.

Within a lodge of broken bark
The tender babe was found,
A ragged robe of rabbit skin
Enwrapped his beauty round;
But as the hunter braves drew nigh,
The angel song rang loud and high:
Refrain

O children of the forest free,
The angels' song is true.
The holy Child of earth and Heav’n
Is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant Boy,
Who brings you beauty, peace and joy.
Refrain