Mary Sings A Lullaby (for 3 voices)

Selected performances

  • (version with flute accompaniment written by UK Composer Mark Harris), All Saints Edmonton, London, (scheduled for Nine Lessons Service, December).
  • Renaissance Singers, Hamilton, New Zealand, (scheduled performance 11 December).
  • Sladen Singers, Canada, (scheduled performance for Carols by Candlelight).
  • Renaissance Singers, Hamilton, New Zealand, (scheduled performance end November).
  • The Three Mezzos, Auckland, New Zealand, September 2011.

Mary Sings A Lullaby: Original Lyrics

Sleep, my pretty one,
Sleep my darling,
Let the stars be your crown and the night wind your guide.

Sleep, my darling,
Sleep, my sweet one,
Let your eyelids be closed and your sleep bring you peace.

Now the sky floods with moonlight, and peace stills the land,
And the air rings with bliss, for hope’s hour is at hand.

Sleep, my pretty one,
Sleep my darling,
Let the angelkind watch you, encircling their wings.

Sleep, my darling,
Sleep, my sweet one,
Let your dreams give you comfort: fear nothing, my love.

Now the sky floods with moonlight, and peace stills the land,
And the air rings with bliss, for hope’s hour is at hand.

General information

This work was written as a short, simple work, ideally suited to smaller choirs, a trio, or for a smaller group taken from a larger choir. The text is original.

A four voice version (the original version) of this work is also available at this website here. This is a three voice version, created due to several requests.

The work imagines the Virgin Mary singing a lullaby to the newborn Christ Child as he lies quietly in the manger, watching the stars as they circle overhead.

The work is intended to be deeply personal, private and moving, with a haunting sense that although Mary is quieting her baby and all is well now, she senses that in his future he may face difficulty and dark times.

The work encompasses an overarching mezzo soprano line, supported by soprano and alto, and arpeggio piano. The piece is suitable for accompaniment by piano or guitar, and guitar chords are provided on the score.

The mezzo soprano line can be sung by either a soloist from within a choir, a professional employed by a choir, or by a small group (semichorus).

The line suits a richer, more full-bodied voice, so preferably a true mezzo soprano should be selected, or an alto with the appropriate range, rather than a lighter-voiced soprano.

The arpeggio provided for the piano line on the score and in the midi should be used as a guide only – any good accompanist should feel free to ad lib throughout as they wish.

Alternately, the piece could be performed unaccompanied and would work quite well.

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