Required Resources: SATB choir, organ
The traditional 17th century French carol, Quelle est cette odeur agréable, is set here in English translation for a cappella SATB choir.
Four stanzas of this lovely Christmas song are offered:
- Shepherds, what is this lovely fragrance...
- What is this dazzling light, now shining...
- In Bethlehem low in a manger...
- Glory to God in highest heaven...
The first and last stanza are set in homophonic style with mildly enriched harmonies.
The second stanza includes more textural and harmonic freedom, while the third stanza places the melody in the tenor line with the other voices providing accompaniment.
The melody of this carol appears in John Gay's Beggars Opera of 1778.
One of the "lesser-known" Christmas carols, it is also found in the Oxford Book of Carols and other noteworthy collections.
Dr. Hamilton, the arranger, is presently music minister at Saint Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he directs a very accomplished 40-voice choir, a sizeable music ministry, and produces "Musical Offerings," a community concert series of twelve concerts annually which promote the great wealth of music from the Roman Catholic tradition.
Order #: 5013
- Choral Music
- SATB Choir
- a cappella