Listen at Christmas: Philip Stopford

It’s about time for a Christmas music post, and I thought starting off at a sprightly tempo would help get us into the mood. You’ve heard compositions by Philip Stopford here before, including a few Christmas pieces (There is no Rose and A Christmas Blessing). Today I’ve brought you “A Child is Born in Bethlehem.”

I have often included the text of the Christmas carols I share, but this one goes by very quickly, and the print on the sheet music racing by is small. From what I can tell, we get “A child is born in Bethlehem,” “Joy is in Jerusalem,” “Rejoice, rejoice, sing high, sing low,” and ” Benedicamus Domino,” mixed with as many alleluias as could reasonably be wedged in. I used this version because I really like the orchestra, but if you want to watch a choir sing it well, and you’re okay with simple piano accompaniment, try this link.

I’m interested in hearing from you about favorite Christmas music in general, favorite recordings in particular, etc. Let me know in the comments.

[Image: Aaron Burden on Unsplash]

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