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The Tree of Life

Text Author: Stephen Starke

Arranger: James Biery

Words © 1993 Stephen Starke, admin. Concordia Publishing House. Arr. © 2018 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: SAB

Accompaniment: Piano

Instrumental parts included: Oboe

Tune Name: Wexford carol

Music Source: Trad. Irish carol

Series: Choral

Difficulty Level: E/M


James Biery has created a setting of the WEXFORD CAROL set to Stephen Starke’s text based on the Fall in the garden as recounted in the Book of Genesis. The piece has multiple uses throughout the year, notably for Good Friday. For choirs that present a service of Lessons and Carols, this piece would be a welcome addition to the repertoire that follows the traditional first reading.

The oboe part is optional.

Listen to the music and follow the score in this preview video.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Seasonal: Lent

Liturgical: Lent 2 A, Good Friday

Topical: Grace, Salvation, Sin

Bible Reference: Genesis 2:9, Genesis 3:1–7, 15, Revelation 22:2

Scored for: Woodwinds

Number of Pages: 16

Language: English

Format: Octavo