O Little Town of Bethlehem (Davies, Walford)



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Publisher. Info. Unidentified Publisher, n.d.(ca.1925).
Reprinted Unversity Carol Book, 1961.
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Work Title O Little Town of Bethlehem
Alternative. Title Wengen ; Christmas carol
Composer Davies, Walford
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWD 14
Librettist Phillips Brooks (1835-1893)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation SATB choir (see also Comments, below)
External Links Wikipedia article (covers several settings)

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According to the Wikipedia article, Davies' version of this work, called "Wengen" (or sometimes just "Christmas carol"), is usually performed only by choirs rather than as a congregational hymn. This is because the first two verses are for treble voices with organ accompaniment, with only the final verse as a chorale/refrain harmony. This setting includes a recitative from the Gospel of Luke at the beginning, and cuts verses 2 and 4 of the original 5-verse carol. This version is traditionally used at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Kings College, Cambridge.