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I saw three ships

Sheet Music: Score

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

by Stuart Greenbaum (2012)


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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.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 3 mins

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

Includes program notes.

Composer's no.: GRT 161

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720142-46-3

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