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With Heart and Voice: Christmas Across America

Roger Wilhelm, music director
Peter DuBois, organ

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With Heart and Voice: Christmas Across America continues Madrigalia's explorations of American sacred music as it focuses on the rich musical repertoire of the Christmas season. The works of such well-known composers as Leo Sowerby, Daniel Pinkham, Emma Lou Diemer and Robert Ward are presented along with those of a new generation of composers represented by Cary Ratcliff, Morten Lauridsen, David Hogan and K. Lee Scott.

These prominent composers have set Advent and Christmas texts in a variety of styles. Some have sought inspiration from European or ethnic roots while others have been moved by more uniquely American sounds and rhythms. From new-romanticism to folk songs, from spirituals to aleatory music-- the result is a living musical culture in which a new generation of composers writes sensitively for the contemporary American choir.

Each of the composers and arrangers represented here has contributed substantially to our unique musical tradition. There are many other American composers who are equally deserving. Madrigalia hopes that this recording will help to preserve the best of our rich heritage for future generations to admire and enjoy.


Let every heart Cary Ratcliff
Brightest and best of the stars of the morning Michael H. Larkin
Lovely Child, Holy Child David N. Johnson
That Wondrous Night of Christmas Eve Robert Ward
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis David Hogan
'Round the Glory Manger K. Lee Scott
Jesus the Christ is born John Jacob Niles
The Snow Lay on the Ground Leo Sowerby
Sweet dreams, form a shade Emma Lou Diemer
The Babe of Bethlehem Michael Connolly
The hills are bare at Bethlehem David N. Johnson
A virgin unspotted William Billings
Mary had a Baby Cortez D. Reece
He Came Here For Me Ron Nelson
Jesus, Jesus, rest Your head John Jacob Niles
Love came down at Christmas Daniel Pinkham
How great a mystery Roger Nixon
O magnum mysterium Morten Lauridsen
All my heart this night rejoices Leo Sowerby
Fantasy on 'Antioch' Emma Lou Diemer
Bright, bright the holly berries  Alfred Burt
On Christmas night Ron Nelson
Go, tell it on the mountain Harold M. Best


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