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As I Outrode This Enderes Night : SATB choir

by Sandra Milliken (2018)

Also known as: The Coventry Shepherds Carol

As I Outrode This Enderes Night


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Work Overview

As I Out Rode This Enderes Night is a companion carol to the well-known and very popular Lully, Lullay, also known as the Coventry Carol. Both carols were part of the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The pageant was a mystery play regularly performed in the English city of Coventry from the early 15th Century until around the middle of the 16th Century.

The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors depicted the Christmas story, covering events from the Annunciation through to the Massacre of the Innocents.

As I Out Rode referred to the angel's announcement, to shepherds in the fields near Bethlehem, concerning the birth of the Christ child and the subsequent visit by the shepherds to the manger, where they found the baby with Mary and Joseph.

This new SATB-with-descant arrangement (the original was scored for treble, tenor and bass) incorporates an additional three verses, the lyrics of which are an adaptation of the dialogue from the pageant that came between two songs of the shepherds.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: SATB choir, with descant, a cappella.

Duration: 4 min.

Difficulty: Medium


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