O Little Town of Bethlehem (Davies, Walford)
|Work Title||O Little Town of Bethlehem|
|Alternative Title||Wengen ; Christmas carol|
|Librettist||Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)|
|Piece Style||Early 20th century|
|Instrumentation||SATB choir (see also Comments, below)|
|External Links||Wikipedia article (covers several settings)|
According to the Wikipedia article, Davies' version of this work, called "Wengen" (or sometimes just "Christmas carol"), is usually performed only by choirs rather than as a congregational hymn. This is because the first two verses are for treble voices with organ accompaniment, with only the final verse as a chorale/refrain harmony. This setting includes a recitative from the Gospel of Luke at the beginning, and cuts verses 2 and 4 of the original 5-verse carol. This version is traditionally used at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Kings College, Cambridge.