The Shepherd’s Noel – SATB

Photo credit: Susan WD via / CC BY-SA
Photo credit: Susan WD via / CC BY-SA

SATB Voices and Piano

Music by Earlene Rentz
Lyrics by Wanetta Hill
Moderate Difficulty
Free with Purchase: Piano Accompaniment MP3, Individual Voice Parts MP3s
Also available: SSA, TBB, SAB
Duration ca. 3:00

The lyrics of Wanetta Hill are related through the eyes of someone who describes what might have been, if he had been a shepherd. I wish that I had been a shepherd, tending flocks that night is the opening phrase. A Latin text gives “heart” to the entire experience — Venite adoremus, Dominum. Rich harmonies and countermelodies are the basis for this SATB setting, and the text is enhanced through the use of dynamics, imagery, and word-painting.