Category:   SSAA CHOIRS
Composer:   Nancy Grundahl
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Kjos
Edition:   C8807
Voicing:   SSA
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Kari Douma
Eagan High School 2009
R&R Chair SSAA Choirs

I first heard this piece in late elementary school and it has been a favorite of mine ever since. The haunting e minor melody elicits visions of dark Russian nights and the desire for light and peace. The accompaniment often imitates the strumming of balalaikas. The opening text is: “Through the night I will burn my Christmas candle.” I have substituted the word winter for the word Christmas and, other than that reference to Christmas, the rest of the text would be very appropriate for a winter concert selection. This was first published in 1987 but it is still available. It is worth adding to your regular rotation.