Glorious, Glorious | SATB Chorus a cappella | 3'

Glorious, Glorious sets to music excerpts from the joyous final scene of Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol

 

Here, bells chime in celebration of Christmas Day as Ebenezer Scrooge awakens from his encounter with the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. No longer the miserly curmudgeon he used to be, Scrooge resolves to live in the “Past, the Present and the Future” and to bring the spirit of Christmas into his daily life. 

 

Though Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol in 1843, its message is timeless: resolve to honor the past, present and future by living a joyful, compassionate life every day.

 

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Glorious, Glorious is dedicated with gratitude to the participating choruses of the Christmas Past, Christmas Future! Carol Consortium, who co-commissioned this piece along with Completing the CircleWhile Completing the Circle sets a modern text that recalls nostalgic memories of Christmas, Glorious, Glorious sets a classic text that looks ahead to a bright future. 

text

from A Christmas Carol

 

No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold;

cold, piping for the blood to dance to;

Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells.

Oh, glorious. Glorious.

 

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.

Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.

A merry Christmas to everybody!

A happy New Year to all the world.

 

I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!

The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.

I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel.

Oh, glorious, glorious.

 

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.

Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.

A merry Christmas to everybody!

A happy New Year to all the world.

 

I will honour Christmas in my heart,

and try to keep it all the year.

 

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.

Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.

A merry Christmas to everybody!

A happy New Year to all the world.

—Charles Dickens,

adapted by the composer

 

Similar to Glorious, Glorious:

Ring Out, Ye Bells

Sing to the Lord

 

commissioning choruses

Acalanes High School Choirs

Bruce Lengacher

 

Acappellago

Dennis Smith

 

Ars Musica Chorale

Dusty Francis

 

Baltimore Choral Arts Society

Tom Hall

 

Cane Bay High School Choirs

William Bennett

 

Choral Arts Ensemble

Rick Kvam

 

College of DuPage Chamber Singers

Lee Kesselman

 

Flower Mound High School Choirs

Mark Rohwer

 

Harmonium Choral Society

Anne Matlack

 

The Heritage Chorale

Barry Sawyer

 

Hollywood Master Chorale

Lauren Buckley Schaer

 

Macalester Concert Choir

Michael McGaghie

 

Nova Vocal Ensemble

Jonathan Bautista

 

Singers in Accord Choral Ensemble

 

Syracuse Vocal Ensemble

 

University of Southern California Chamber Singers

Jo-Michael Scheibe

 

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