What Child Is
Catalogue Number -
SATB Choir with
Level of Difficulty - Moderate to Difficult
Christmas Concert, Service Anthem
Pages Music -
9 pages - 16 page booklet
SATB/organ choral octavo
Copyright Year - 2001
SATB perusal only
PEL2038 What Child Is This? was arranged by Paul Halley for his semi-professional choral ensemble, Gaudeamus, in 2001 for the Christmas Angelicus concert series. 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. The effect is rich and majestic, with an ethereal ending.
"Halley’s own arrangements are pleasingly inventive." - Gramophone Magazine
"I am particularly thrilled with the arrangements of What Child Is This, Angelus Ad Virginem and Watts’ Cradle Hymn." - Richard Gladwell, With Heart and Voice, NPR
from What Child Is This? CD
What Child Is This?CD
PEL1005 - Track 1
available in compact disc or digital format
Youtube video of this music on our channel: Pelagosmusic & Paul Halley
"What Child Is This?" from the recording 'What Child Is This?'
What Child Is This?
William Chatterton Dix, c. 1865
What child is this, who, laid to rest,
Why lies he in such mean estate
So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh,