O Little Town of Bethlehem

  • Composer: Lewis Redner 
  • Arranger: Susan Edwards 
  • Publisher: manuscript - contact Elektra to be connected to the arranger
  • Canadian Composition: Yes
  • Duration: 5:20

Program Notes:

The calm serenity of Bethlehem on Christmas night is reflected in this well-loved carol.

Conductor Notes:

This arrangement by Vancouver musician Susan Edwards was written to close our 2019 Chez Nous concert. I wanted something tranquil and well-known for Elektra, our guest children’s choir, and our instrumentalists on violin, cello, and piano. Edwards weaves the Austrian carol, “Still, Still, Still” into the introduction and throughout the arrangement. The children’s choir is given its own, distinct lines, for which there is a separate score to condense the number of pages. A series of bell-like “Alleluia”s are in the children’s part, but I assigned them to a small group of Elektra singers due to limited rehearsal time. It should work either way.


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