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multicultural christmas selections

My chorus is planning a concert that will include selections from various cultures that are present in our hometown of Fall River, Ma. We are looking for ideas for authentic Christmas music from the following cultures:







If anyone can offer song titles or, even better, specific arrangements, that would be great!
We are a community group so 4part selections of medium difficulty generally work well for us.
Thank you!

on June 28, 2013 9:02pm
O meu menino, by Eurico Carrapatoso - Portuguese (Boosey and Hawkes/Hal Leonard)
David Mooney has arranged a number of Irish Christmas songs published by ECS -
Italian and British - too many to mention
I can't help you much with Lebanese and Cambodian.
Larry Smith
Missouri Baptist University
St. Louis MO
on June 29, 2013 8:00am
Hi Amanda, 
What a fun concept for a holiday concert!
I have an upbeat celtic piece called "Rejoice!" which is perfect for a multi-cultural theme. It is derived from the melody of Veni Emmanuel, but I have written non-religious, positive text so it is perfect for any audience. it is available with a flexible accompaniment from full orchestra and choir to piano/choir. Please let me know if you would like to see a score.
on June 29, 2013 9:14am
I have just finished a kind of urban American multicultural piece, "chrismas sic music",  and am rather nervous about how it will be perceived.   It would certainly fit your stated goals.     The cambiata/tenor part appears highish, with a G, but the two particular G's in the scat-singing section are as easy to sing as possible, and I as a low baritone can do them.   No recording yet, but the perusal score at and it's also on the choralnet "composers community" library page.  
Comments, except those that want to scratch out my eyes, welcome publicly ... the scratch-my-eyes-out comments,  privately please.
on June 29, 2013 9:50pm
Wexford Carol is a gorgeous irish melody.  Readily available in many arrangements.  Listen to it on YouTube.  Very effective if you have a flute or recorder playing along with it. 
on June 30, 2013 9:18am
Hi Amanda,
To get answers, got to , the international database of choral music.
There take the search form "More criteria".
Ask for "Christmas" in the Words of title or Keywords or ... field
and (the wished language in the field language    or  the wished country  in the field Country of composer)  or  ...
... or simply  "Christmas followed by the name of the country" in  Words of title or Keywords
I am sure that you will get LOTS of interesting answers...
Have fun
on June 30, 2013 1:15pm
Alliance Publications, Inc.  has several excellent selections for you. 
Eg.  IRISH CAROL - At Dead of Night satb-Wold    AP-10280  3:37
        ITALIAN  - Dove Quel Bambinelo-ttbb-Laburda  AP-1218  3:00
If you are open to Czech, Slovak or Australian, they have some great titles for you.
Anita Smisek
on June 30, 2013 7:23pm
Hello Amanda, 
Here's a fun suggestion which was specifically arranged for a community chorus: 'A Soalin'. It's all about the tradition of giving soul cakes celebrated in Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages and other countries as far south as Italy. Soul cakes were usually filled with allspice nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger or other sweet spices along with raisins or currents, and before baking were topped with the mark of a cross to signify that these were alms.   In 1891, Rev. M. P. Holme of Tattenhall, Cheshire, England, collected the song traditionally sung during souling, from a little girl at the local school where children would go 'souling' or ritually begging for cakes door to door. (Wikipedia)

The 1891 song found in this setting contains the following lyrics:

A soul! a soul! a soul-cake!
Please good Missis, a soul-cake!
An apple, a pear, a plum, or a cherry,
Any good thing to make us all merry.
One for Peter, two for Paul
Three for Him who made us all.

This lively carol, popularised by Peter, Paul and Mary, maybe seen and heard at (catalog...Christmas). It is scored for a cappella SATB choir with optional double bass.,_Chantons_Noel,_a_soalin,_canite_tuba,_Patriquin.html

Have a joyful Christmas!


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