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Song at the Manger

Text Author: Rory Cooney

Arranger: Rory Cooney

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Item #: G-8751     Status: Available

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Vocal Forces: SAB

Accompaniment: Keyboard

Separate Instruments: Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello

Music Source: "Hajej, nynej, Jezishku," trad. Czech carol

Series: Christmas

Difficulty Level: E/M


While the tune is based on a traditional Czech carol, this is one of Rory Cooney’s most powerful original texts. The piece would make a stunning Communion meditation, evoking images of joy at the infant Savior’s birth, while foreshadowing his sacrifice so that we might eat of the Living Bread. The piano provides support for the choral parts, but the piece may be sung a cappella; or, if circumstances allow, the use of the optional string quartet will add to the warmth expressed in the words and harmony of the singers.

String Quartet or Keyboard accompaniment

Seasonal: Christmastide

Liturgical: Christmas Vigil, Christmas Night

Number of Pages: 8

Language: English

Format: Octavo