• delightful carol for SSA or children based on a traditional text
• pastoral 6/8 meter with a lilting original melody
• colorful organ part and moderate vocal range
• for carol services and Christmas time
This other Healey setting has four verses, with only the last two using a full SSA texture. The music begins in a soprano unison: verse two is in two parts. There is a folk-song character and the Dorset melody is always plainly heard. The accompaniment is rhythmic and busy, often doubling the voices.
The Diapason – November 1, 2011