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Forbes L'Estrange: Advent O Carol

Mixed Voices (SATB+)

Forbes L'Estrange: Advent O Carol

Mixed Voices (SATB+)

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Choral leaflet

£2.75

Publisher: RSCM Press
ISBN: A3713

Advent “O” Carol is inspired by the text and chants of the seven “O” Antiphons which traditionally would have been sung in the days immediately preceding Christmas (known as the Greater Ferias). The “O” refrain, which opens the piece and reoccurs between each of the seven verses, is based on the opening melodic chant of the Medieval antiphons, its 7/8 time signature reinforcing the piece’s connection to the number seven. Ignoring the “O”, the first letter of each verse forms an acrostic which, when reversed, spells ERO CRAS, Latin for “I shall be (with you) tomorrow”. I have reworded this as “Tomorrow I will come” for the final resolution of the piece. O Sapientia / O Wisdom O Adonai / O Lord and Ruler O Radix Jesse / O Root of Jesse O Clavis David / O Key of David O Oriens / O Dawn of the East O Rex Gentium / O King of the Gentiles O Emmanuel / O Emmanuel Depending on the size and ability of your choir, there is scope to divide the singers into those who sing the refrains (the ‘ripieno’ SSATB) and a solo SATB quartet to sing the verses. If space allows, it would be very effective for the refrain choir to stay put whilst the solo quartet moves slowly around the building, singing each verse in a different location, finally returning to the main choir for the climactic ‘O Emmanuel’ tutti entry. Alternatively, the refrains and the verses could be sung by the same singers; a minimum of seven singers (SSAATBB) is required to cover the occasional divisi. In order for the close harmonies to be heard and to reinforce the Medieval origins of the piece, minimal or no vibrato is preferable.

Advent O Carol by Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Joanna Forbes L'Estrange

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (b.1971) is an English soprano, composer and choral leader who receives engagements throughout the world. A Master of Arts graduate in Music of Oxford University, she began her career as soprano and Musical Director of the five-time Grammy® Award-winning a cappella group The Swingles and her compositional output reflects her love of choral music, close harmony and jazz. She writes songs (including her own lyrics), sacred anthems, Christmas carols, television production music and arrangements, regularly collaborating with her husband Alexander L’Estrange on their award-winning series of large-scale community choral works. 

A passionate advocate for gender equality, Joanna has become the go-to composer for songs about women. Commissions include We will remember them for the Military Wives Choirs’, A woman (wearing bloomers) on a wheel which has been made into a film by the NYCGB, Suffragette March, Give us grace and A place for us maids, celebrating 40 years of female undergraduates at Trinity College, Cambridge. Her single Twenty-first-century Woman raises money for girls’ education globally. Visit her website: www.joannaforbeslestrange.com/composing