This Holy Night
This project was a collaboration inspired by Reid Masters, Artistic Director of the New Jersey Chamber Singers, for the Christmas season concerts of NJCS entitled “Noel Then... and Now” in 2013.
Vince Sgro is a local musician and lyricist, who wrote this new Christmas Carol. He mentioned it to Reid, who asked me to arrange the piece for the NJCS.
Vince had provided the inspiring lyrics, initial melody, and a sketch of harmonizations. I took some artistic license to make a few modifications to the melody and harmony where I was inspired to. Reid made critical comments on the early drafts, which greatly improved the arrangement that eventually emerged (late!), for SSAATTBB/piano. It was tailored to showcase the talents of the NJCS, and was performed in 4 concerts in December 2013.
In Spring 2014, I set out to arrange a simpler version of the carol for a capella SSATTBB (it turned out), with the hope to reach a broader audience of potential singers. That is a work in progress.
1. This Holy Night SSAATTBB/piano - PDF - Words & Music by Vince Sgro; arr. Douglas Clark
This Holy Night - performed by NJCS, accompanist Karen Hill-Miske.
2. This Holy Night (SSATTBB) - a capella - PDF - Words & Music by Vince Sgro; arr. Douglas Clark
This Holy Night (SSATTBB) - in progress