Carol of the Stranger

Instrumentation/Voicing: 
SATB

"Carol of the Stranger" is Abbie's first collaboration with celebrated poet and librettist Michael Dennis Browne. The music, like the poem, expands with each verse to "make wide the circle." Opening with a confident, folky, alto solo, the shape-note-inspired melody travels to the soprano for the smoother, lyrical chorus. By the end of the piece, the four-part texture sounds quite rich and full. Ideal for quartets. Optional soprano descant sails up to high C (high G alternate). Composed as a partner piece to "Christ in the Stranger's Guise" by Alfred Burt (Abbie's great uncle).

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Order Sheet Music
Catalog Number: 
AB-080-C13
Publishing Series: 
The MPR Carolers, Minnesota Public Radio - Dec. 20, 2013
Duration: 
2:45
Total Pages: 
3
Premiere
Premiere Date: 
12/20/2013
Premiere Ensemble: 
The MPR Carolers, Minnesota Public Radio
Performances: 

The Schubert Club: "Carols by Minnesota Composers", Saint Paul, MN, USA

Text
Text Author or Source: 
Michael Dennis Browne (2013)
Language: 
English
Text: 

Peace and grace be to this house
      Where all are welcomed in;
Receive the guest, receive this heart:
      Tell the Stranger, tell.

            Tell the Stranger what you cannot tell
            Those who love you and desire your joy:
            Tell.

Make tall your walls, make long these beams,
      Who once believed alone;
Make wide the circle, feed the fire:
      Tell the Silence, tell.

            Tell the Silence what you cannot tell
            Those who love you and desire your joy.
            Tell.

Blessings be upon this place,
      Let every wound be healed,
Let every secret, every dream:
      Tell the Angel, tell.

            Tell the Angel what you cannot tell
            Those who love you and desire your joy.
            Tell.

Peace and grace be to this house,
      All will be returned;
Let every soul be called your own,
      Tell the Mystery, tell.

            Tell the Mystery what you long to tell
            Those who love you and desire your joy.
            Tell.

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Lyrics © 2013 by Michael Dennis Browne. These lyrics are under copyright, and may be reprinted from this website only for use in printed concert programs related to this particular musical work. For permission to reprint for any other purpose, please contact the poet.