Commissioned by Westminster Choir College for the 2013 Readings and Carols service in Princeton Chapel, conducted by Grammy-nominated conductor Dr. James Jordan. Designed for audience/congregation to sing along for most of the piece (all but the second refrain). (Video above is from dress rehearsal in Princeton Chapel, without audience participation; SoundCloud audio file is from the premiere performance, with audience.)
Two brass versions available:
-Large brass ensemble (4 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba, 1 timpani player, 1 auxiliary percussion player, and organ); this version, used in the premiere at Princeton Chapel, is available directly from the composer (use the contact form for inquiries).
-Brass quintet version (2 trumpets, horn, trombone, tuba, 1 timpani player, 1 aux percussion player, and organ) is available from GIA, publisher of the choral score.
New for 2015, a full orchestral accompaniment is now also available from GIA Music.
Note: this setting is published in GIA’s “Music from Westminster” series; this piece should not be confused with Dan’s previously published setting of The First Noel for choir and piano (or optional orchestra), published by Beckenhorst Press.
Instrumentation: Organ, Brass Ensemble, Audience