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Voicing/Instrumentation: SATB, Cello Duet/Cello Ensemble Member(s), Viola

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More about Richard Tolbert:
I don’t come from a very musical family. I started playing saxophone in 7th grade. Thanks to a wonderful private lesson teacher and parents who sacrificed when times were hard, I discovered a passion for music. I went on to study music in college and earned a BA in Music from the University of Utah. I’ve been composing and arranging music in my spare time for over 15 years. Although I’m a sales professional by trade, I’ve never intended to try and make money off of my music. I simply compose for the love I have of sharing my music with those who want to use it.
Song background:

The melody and text of this arrangement come from a traditional Polish carol.  For those of you who are familiar with Still, Still, Still, you will hear a familiar part of that Austrian carol in the chorus.

I originally scored this for SATB choir with viola, cello, cello accompaniment.  Since this is fairly uncommon, I’m including a version with a piano transcription below as well.  Enjoy!

Christ is Born This Evening (by Richard Tolbert)

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Lyrics: 1. Christ is born this evening, <br/>Let us go rejoicing! <br/>Though the night so gloomy, <br/>Day will soon be dawning! <br/> <br/>Angels from on high are singing <br/>To the One who comes from heaven: <br/>"Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, <br/>In excelsis Deo! <br/>Angels from on high are singing <br/>To the One who comes from heaven: <br/>"Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, <br/>In excelsis Deo! <br/> <br/>2. Shepherds, hasten yonder, <br/>Where the Babe most holy, <br/>In this cold December, <br/>Lies in manger lowly. <br/> <br/>See the star on high is gleaming <br/>O'er the lovely Infant beaming! <br/>"Gloria, Gloria, Gloria, <br/>In excelsis Deo! <br/>In excelsis Deo!
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