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Shepherds! Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep

Arranger: Will Nichols, Anthony J. Patterson

Arr. © 2011 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: SSA

Accompaniment: Piano

Separate Instruments: Clarinet in B-flat

Tune Name: Besançon

Text Source: "Berger, secoue ton sommeil profond," French trad. carol, tr. Anonymous

Music Source: French tune, 17th c.

Series: Christmas

Difficulty Level: E


When you first listen to this arrangement, if you are like us, you will be captivated by the charming playfulness between the piano and clarinet. The writing for women’s voices is accessible, but quite effective. The most challenging aspect of the piece likely will be coordinating the ensemble of the instrumentalists, as the forward-spinning, 16th-note figures must move at a brisk and even pace.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Seasonal: Christmastide

Liturgical: Christmas Vigil, Christmas Night, Christmas Dawn

Scored for: Woodwinds

Number of Pages: 12

Language: English

Format: Octavo

Suitable for Children: Yes