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  Christmas Music• SATB and SSA • Series 2000    
 
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All works composed or arranged by Paul Halley.
Titles are in alphabetical order by voicing/accompaniment e.g. choral/piano, choral/organ, choral unaccompanied.

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Our choral music is now offered as digital downloads in licensed reprint bundles (NO DEALERS, please) or as custom print orders (minimum 40 scores, takes two weeks and ships to USA only) if you have a large choir or simply prefer printed octavos.  Please note that we no longer inventory any stock of any scores whatsoever.

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Please note that Full Scores and sets of Instrumental Parts require the purchase of a choral digital download bundle for 24 reprints or a minimum of 40 scores on custom print orders. If you've already purchased choral scores, either digitally or published, please let us know that in the 'Comments' section at check-out - approximately when and from whom you made the choral purchase. This is an honor system.
 

 
 

 

   
   

Choral Music Descriptions and Details •
Christmas SATB

 

A Christmas Peace
PEL2030SATB

3’00”

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PEL2030SSA

SATB or SSA and piano, optional organ or strings

 

A lyrical and poignant arrangement combining ‘America The Beautiful’ with ‘Silent Night’ created in memory of September 11, 2001. A beautiful conclusion to any American Christmas program.

 


Instrumental Part: Organ
Full Score and String Parts


Level: Moderate
PEL1000 Single Track CD

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Agnus Dei (Hodie Christus Natus Est)

2’00”

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PEL2057SATB

SATB unaccompanied

 

From Paul Halley’s Missa ‘Hodie Christus Natus Est’.  Opening with soprano solo intoning the Gregorian chant, the composition soon moves from simple to sublime with the lush harmonies and impressionistic colors for which Halley is known.                                                                                              

 

 

Level: Difficult
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Angelus Ad Virginem

3’30”

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PEL2058SATB

SATB and organ

 

Unison chanting of verses from the 13th century (Arundel MS), alternating between higher voices and lower voices. The organ accompaniment forms a rich background of harmony, and the descant soars.                                                         

 

 

Level: Easy
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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First Nowell, The - hymn arrangement

4’30”

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PEL5021SATB

SATB and organ, optional brass

 

The traditional English carol in a lush arrangement for choir and organ with optional congregational participation. (v.1 harmonization by John Stainer.)
                                                             

 

Full Score and Instrumental Parts: Brass Quintet and Timpani

Level: Moderate
CD What Child Is This?

Available only as Licensed Digital Download (No dealers)

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Gloria In Excelsis Deo

1’00”

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PEL2001SATB

SATB and organ, optional brass

 

Commissioned by the Choir of Men and Boys, St. Matthew’s Church, Ottawa, Brian Law, director. A short, jubilant choral fanfare that derives its energy from a recurring dotted quarter-note, eighth-note, quarter-note motive.  “Throughout the composition, Halley’s sense of drama and motion never falters; at one minute’s duration, it would serve as an enthusiastic and impressive opening in worship and concert settings.”  – Michael Braz, The Choral Journal  
 

 

Instrumental Parts Pkg:
Full Score & Brass Quartet

Level: Easy
CD Wondrous Love

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Go Tell It On The Mountain

3’30”

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PEL2044SATB

SATB unaccompanied                                  

 

“An exciting and quite challenging arrangement of the familiar text and tune. Rich, jazz-inspired harmonies, carefully scripted syncopations, and a couple of tricky modulations, will keep everyone on their toes, but could well also bring a congregation to its feet.” – The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians (Nov 2006)

 

 

             Level: Moderate to Difficult
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Good King Wenceslas

3’30”

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PEL2045SATB

SATB and organ                                    

 

A fun arrangement of this traditional carol with dramatic roles for all, including solos for the robust but saintly King, his stammering Page, a choir of treble Angels, and storm effects for the rest. A warm-hearted rendition of the drama with Halley’s signature harmonies.  Great joy!                                       

 

 

             Level: Easy to Moderate
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Hark, The Herald Angels Sing
hymn arrangement

3’00”

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PEL5023SATB

SATB and organ, with brass quintet

 

Opening with a brass fanfare, this is a VERY joyful  setting of this Christmas classic for choir, organ, brass quintet and timpani.
 

 

Full Score and Instrumental Parts: Brass Quintet

Level: Easy
Descant recorded on Christmas Angelicus CD

Available only as Licensed Digital Download (No dealers)

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Il Est Né Le Divin Enfant

4’10”

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PEL2074SATB

SATB and organ                                    

 

A sprightly and joyful arrangement of this traditional French carol. Scored for choir and organ with brass sextet and snare drum, this arrangement has unexpected freshness. Changing tempos, key modulations, and Halley harmonies keep the choir on their toes, while the congregation joins in easily on the refrain. Great fun for everyone.
 

 

Full Score and Instrumental Parts: Brass Sextet and Percussion - $45.

             Level: Moderate
Can be heard on CBC Concerts on Denand

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Infinite Light

3’00”

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PEL2039SATB

SATB and organ

 

A light and lively traditional English melody with a fluid yet rhythmic organ part, culminating in a soaring, signature Halley descant. A lovely setting of text for Epiphany.                                  

 

 

             Level: Easy
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head

  3’00” 

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PEL2020SATB

SATB unaccompanied

 

An a cappella arrangement of the traditional Appalachian Christmas carol which simply and poignantly describes the humbleness of Jesus’ birth.                                                                 

 

 

             Level: Moderate
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Joy To The World - hymn arrangement

4’00”

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PEL5024SATB

SATB and organ, with brass quintet and timpani

 

Opening with a brass fanfare, this is a VERY joyful  setting of this Christmas classic for choir, organ, brass quintet and timpani.
 

 

Full Score and Instrumental Parts: Brass Quintet and timpani

Level: Moderate
Can be heard on CBC Concerts on Demand

Available only as Licensed Digital Download (No dealers)

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O Magnum Mysterium 

3’10”

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PEL2075SATB

SATB unaccompanied

 

A moody and atmospheric setting of the text from the Matins Responsory for Christmas. The lyrical melody has Eastern overtones and nuances, very appropriate to the text. Mystery and wonder evoked in music. Commissioned for The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.    

 

 

             Level: Moderate
 

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Once In Royal David's City
hymn arrangement

3’00”

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PEL5022SATB

SATB and organ, with brass quintet

 

Opening with a brass fanfare, this is a VERY joyful  setting of this Christmas classic for choir, organ, brass quintet and timpani.
 

 

Instrumental Parts: Brass Quintet and Timpani - verses 5 & 6

Level: Moderate
Descant recorded on Christmas Angelicus CD

Available as Licensed Digital Download (No dealers)

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'Tis Winter Now    

3’00”

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PEL2013SATB

SATB unaccompanied

 
 

“Longfellow’s poem is a richly atmospheric text not specifically tied to Christmas, but quite handy for a cold week sometime after Epiphany when a ‘general’ anthem seems to be in need. Global warming may soon put this piece out of business, but until it does, Halley’s setting evokes the frigid air as effectively as anything since Vivaldi’s fourth Season.” - The Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians                                                                        

 

 

             Level: Moderate
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Verbum Caro Factum Est

6’00”

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PEL2012SATB

SATB unaccompanied

 

Commissioned by the Williams College Chamber Choir, Wayne Abercrombie, director. The Word made flesh, the mystical with the earthly, is suggested in the antiphonal nature of this work. The rhythmic and worldly immediacy of one choir is answered with the ethereal Alleluias of the other.                                  

 

 

Level: Difficult
CD Wondrous Love

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Watts’ Cradle Hymn

4’00”

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PEL2055SATB

SATB and organ

 

Isaac Watts (1674-1748) lovely lyrics are set to a traditional American melody in an arrangement by Paul Halley that is simple, poignant, and hauntingly beautiful.                                            

 

 

             Level: Easy
CD What Child Is This?

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What Child Is This?

3’30”

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PEL2038SATB

SATB and organ

 

Created for Gaudeamus, Paul Halley, director. The traditional English melody and William Chatterton Dix’s familiar text are presented in a fresh and dazzling new arrangement, with harmonies that are unmistakably jazz-inspired.                  

 

 

             Level: Moderate to Difficult
CD What Child Is This?

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

Christmas SSA

A Christmas Peace

PEL2030SSA

3’00”

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PEL2030SATB

SSA or SATB and piano, optional organ or strings

 

A lyrical and poignant arrangement combining ‘America The Beautiful’ with ‘Silent Night’ created in memory of September 11, 2001. A beautiful conclusion to any American Christmas program.
 

 

Instrumental Part: Organ
Full Score and String Parts

Level: Moderate
PEL1000 Single Track CD

Available as Licensed Digital Download or Custom Print Order

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Beannacht Leat, A Mhuire

2’30”

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PEL2054SSA

SSA and organ

 

A Hymn to the Virgin sung in Irish to a traditional folk melody.  The Soprano 1 melody line floats above a background setting of treble voices, resulting in a new Celtic Christmas favorite.  Created by Paul Halley for Chorus Angelicus on its tour to Ireland 2004.

 

 

Level: Moderate
CD What Child Is This?

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Huron Carol  

3’00”

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EHD2507SSA

SSA and organ, optional hand bells

 

Commissioned by the Ottawa Central Choir, Barbara Clark, director. The Native American (Huron) interpretation of Jesus birth and the 16th century French melody of this carol are placed in a setting of austerity and simple reverence. Optional hand bells further evoke the atmosphere of stark winter.

 

 

             Level: Moderate
CD Christmas Angelicus

Christmas Descants

Link to our PEL6000 Descants Page


Photo by Katherine Griswold
 

 
       
           
     
Choral SATB Series 2000 Liturgical Series 5000
   
Choral SSA Series 2000 Descants Series 6000
   
Solo Vocal Series 3000 Instrumental Series 7000
   
Keyboard Series 4000 Christmas Music

 

   
  Christmas Music• SATB and SSA • Series 2000