Scored for: Mixed Choir (SSATBB) & Piano
Duration: 3 minutes 30
Other Info: A Boy Was Born is a carol that was written for a service of Jazz Carols at St Martin in the Fields, London. The text is a 16th Century Latin Hymn, translated by Elizabeth Poston. Full of jazz inflections, this restrained and reflective piece will be a valuable addition to the Christmas choral repertoire.
Will Todd writes:
"This carol was written for Andrew Earis and the Choir of St Martin in the Fields and first performed as part of ‘Jazz Carols from St Martin in the Fields’ on 22 December 2012. It can be played using the supplied piano part or embellished using the chord symbols above. Double bass may also be used in addition to piano, again following the supplied chord symbols"
A BOY WAS BORN
A boy was born in Bethlehem:
Rejoice, rejoice Jerusalem.
And human flesh for all our sakes,
The word of God for us he takes,
By Gabriel came the message blest,
And Mary bowed to God’s behest.
His mother’s nature God put on,
Yet Lord was he, and God’s own Son.
Here lying in a manger stall
He reigns for ever, Lord of all,
As recognised the ox and ass,
Who knew what child their Saviour was.
The angels by the shepherds’ fold
To them the joyful tidings told.
And Magi coming from afar
In homage bowed beneath the Star.
So make we merry at his birth,
And praise the Lord of heav’n and earth.
The blessed Trinity we sing,
To Three in One our thanks we bring.
A Boy Was Born is published by Boosey & Hawkes and is available in printed and downloadable digital format.