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I saw three ships : for SSAATTBB choir

by Stuart Greenbaum (2012)

I saw three ships

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I saw three ships : for SSAATTBB choir / Stuart Greenbaum.

Library shelf no. 782.28/GRE 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I grew up with the traditional English Christmas carol, I Saw Three Ships, and love it perhaps more than any other. As I was born on Christmas day, it has occurred to me from time to time that I ought to set it. When Michael Leighton Jones asked me earlier this year if I'd be interested in writing a Christmas carol, this was clearly the moment I'd been waiting for. I set just the first verse, but also stole a couple of lines from later verses that appealed. The tune in this setting is often fragmented at a slower tempo (and sometimes completely re-imagined), but appears in its recognizable state toward the end. The setting is written for Michael and the Choir of Trinity College.

I saw three ships come sailing in,

On Christmas day, on Christmas day,

I saw three ships come sailing in,

On Christmas day in the morning.

And all the bells on earth shall ring,

And all the souls on earth shall sing.

Work Details

Year: 2012

Instrumentation: SSAATTBB choir.

Duration: 3 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne

First performance: by Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones — 8 Dec 13. Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne

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8 Dec 13: Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank Centre, Melbourne. Featuring Trinity College Choir, University of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones.

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