Category:   MUSIC IN WORSHIP
Composer:   Jon Paige
Arranger:   NA
Publisher:   Harold Flammer
Edition:   D-5443
Voicing:   SATB
Setting:   Accompanied

Reviewer:   

Dan Wagner
Crystal Evangelical Free Church, Crystal 1996
R&R Chair Music in Worship

The first carol is entitled “Alleluia, Sing Noel” with the text by Paige, and the tune is the familiar Spanish carol “Fum, Fum, Fum.” Paige’s text, much more appropriate for worship than the original, makes excellent use of the liveliness of the carol tune. The second setting uses the traditional text “Angels We Have Heard On High” with an original tune. The accompaniments work well with piano or organ, but require clean articulation and rhythmic playing. The ranges and overall setting make the pieces quite easy, and appropriate for choirs of almost any size. Optional notes are given throughout which allow the conductor to choose fuller voicings when desired. The rare higher soprano ranges are easily optional. Handbells will add very nice color, and are used creatively, and in contrasting styles in the two anthems.