O Little Town of Bethlehem (Davies, Walford)



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Publisher. Info. Unidentified Publisher, n.d.(ca.1925).
Reprinted Unversity Carol Book, 1961.
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General Information

Work Title O Little Town of Bethlehem
Alternative. Title Wengen ; Christmas carol
Composer Davies, Walford
Librettist Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation SATB choir (see also Comments, below)
External Links Wikipedia article (covers several settings)

Misc. Comments

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.