Audio & Video. Dirksen’s notated half-note=96 is unplayable – he’s merely saying NOT TOO SLOW. But the circumstances of its composition actually dictate the tempo: the performance should be exactly 2′ 30″! Also – don’t miss the Choral Arts Society’s orchestral version here as well.
This audio is from an NBC live Christmas telecast.
This orchestral version was recorded by Norman Scribner and the Choral Arts Society. The opening is probably quite similar to the original 1950 version, and note the nifty string writing in the bridge!
Categorized as: Published Works Sacred Choral
Tagged as: anthem, brass, carol, Christmas, organ, SATB