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Away in a Manger

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The Christmas Choral & Vocal Music series

Recital Music has developed a large, exciting and eclectic catalogue of Christmas music for choirs in recent years. Some works are published for the first time, others are in new editions, and we aim to provide accessible and enjoyable choral music for choirs of all ages and abilities. Enjoy!

Away in a Manger is ideally suited to a Junior Choir and the music is gentle and simple to invoke the feeling of a lullaby, particularly in the final verse, where the beautiful words invite comfort and peace. This is reflected in the restrained movement of the accompaniment and the repitition of the final line.

The carol begins in unison, or for a solo voice, and divides into two parts for verse 2. The simplicity of the accompaniment in verse 3 evokes the sound of distant bells or chimes gradually falling away to a relaxed and effective conclusion. Percussion instruments such as bells or a glockenspiel could be added and the possibilities are endless.

The composers love of Christmas and children are evident in this evocative and effective new setting or traditional words.

Ruth Mulligan studied at the University of Wales, Bangor from 1994 to 1997 and graduated with a B.Mus (Hons). After completing missionary service for her church she attended Oxford Brookes University (2000-1) where she completed a PGCE in Secondary School music teaching.

Ruth married in 2001 and taught at Trinity School, Newbury and as a supply teacher in Gloucestershire until the arrival of her first child in 2003. She has taken a break from classroom teaching and is the proud mother of five children. During this time she has taught piano and violin, played and composed for weddings, and spent 4 years directing a multi-county choir at church. For 5 years Ruth has voluntarily directed the choir at the school attended by her children.

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4 pages / A4 format / Paperback
Duration: c.3 minutes

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Cat No. RMS040
Supplier Code RMS040
Price £1.45
ComposerRuth Mulligan
CategoryCarols (upper Voices)
PublisherRecital Music
SeriesChristmas Choral & Vocal Music
ISMN 979-0-57045-840-0
EAN-13 9790570458400
Weight 12 grams
Published 20th August 2012
Availability 68 in stock
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