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Choral ~ Holiday ~ with Keyboard



“Balulalow” (Lullaby)

(An original setting of the anonymous 16th-century poem)



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SCORING:  SATB (minimal divisi), acc. by piano

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In this original composition, the lilting melody and the repeated, gently-rolled chords in the piano part combine to create a lulling effect that's perfect for a lullaby.

This piece is technically rather easy for the singers, but provides them an opportunity to be quite expressive with the melodic line.

Balulalow  (O My Dear Heart)

Anonymous 16th-century poem

Complete text:

O, my dear heart, young Jesus sweet,
Prepare thy cradle in my spreit,   [“spreit” = spirit, and is pronounced “spreet”]
And I shall rock thee in my heart,
And never more from thee depart.

But I shall praise thee evermore,
With songès sweet unto thy gloir.   [“gloir” = glory, and is pronounced “glor”]
The knees of my heart shall I bow,
And sing that sweet Balulalow.   [“Balulalow” = lullaby]

O, my dear heart, young Jesus sweet,
Prepare thy cradle in my spreit,
And I shall rock thee in my heart,
And never more from thee depart.

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