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Xmas Carols with Strings and/or oboe

I have a pretty good 25 voice mixed UU choir, well balanced , and a string quartet and oboe - and need ONE more piece for Xmas eve-
something lyrical -  Classical Era? The piece could be in any language ( within reason!) - or an arrangement of something well worn... any suggestions?  Many thanks
Fred Jodry
Replies (10): Threaded | Chronological
on December 7, 2013 5:05pm
Consider Bach's "Christe" from the Mass BWV 234.  It's not Christmas, of course, but it's very dark and beautiful.  We've done it with an oboe instead of a flute and had a wonderful result.
on December 13, 2013 4:32am
Do you mean Bach's Mass in A major?  Not sure which movement you mean?  Part of the Kyrie?
I have a fantastic oboist and would love to use her on something.  Can you specify which part of the Mass you were talking about?
on December 13, 2013 7:47pm
Yes, the work is Bach's Mass in A major BWV 234.  The "Christe" I refer to is the second part of the Kyrie.  The full score calls for two flutes in unision along with the strings and the choir.  We did it with an oboe instead of the flutes.  The full score and vocal scores are to found here:,_BWV_234_(Bach,_Johann_Sebastian)
on December 7, 2013 5:38pm
I have a Christmas piece for mixed choir and string quartet:
come threshers and dance, come shepherds and play
tyrlow, tyrloo, tyrligh, tyrle
we bring you glad tidings to break the cold clay
tyrlow, tyrle
vines withered, unthawed push the brown earth aside
bursting forth with the violet and gold of May’s pride
tyrlow, tyrloo, tyrle
come gather you threshers and shepherds in band
the work and creation of our dear Lord’s hand
tyrlow, tyrle
the iris and lilies, and roses of spring
fit gifts to bestow on the tiny lording
tyrlow, tyrloo, tyrle
fair shepherds and threshers come dance to the door
with songs and bright music the child to adore
lay tokens of flowers and lambs by his side
to honor the child that will stem winter’s tide
tyrlow, tyrloo, tyrlow, tyrloo, tyrle!
on December 8, 2013 6:25am
Fred: I have an arrangement of Lo, How a Rose for St.QT and oboe and Harp or piano with 8 meansures of divisi. If interested send me your e-mail  and I will send a copy.
Jerome Malek
on December 12, 2013 8:45am
I would love to see this piece - it sounds PERFECT!!
Fred Jodry
on December 8, 2013 6:43am
I may have the very thing you're looking for! Have a listen at
This is an arrangement I did a few years ago of the spiritual, Rise up, shepherd and follow, for SATB with oboe obbligato and a light orchestration (mainly strings). It could be very easily adapted for the forces you have available. It's available through Oxford University Press, but let me know if you'd like an arrangement of the accompaniment for oboe and string quartet.
on December 8, 2013 8:26am
Hi Fred:
You might like to look at my setting of the text of "We Three Kings" for SATB and solo oboe.  Oboe part has a kind of middle-eastern quality.  Runs a tad over 3 minutes.   I will be happy to send you a perusal copy if you would like to inspect the piece.  (Frankly the piece is not especially "lyrical", but it is not jazzy or pop-ish, either.)
Bob Applebaum
on December 8, 2013 8:30am
"How Still He Rests" by Brent Pierce: SSATB, Sop solo, Oboe, opt. Wind Chimes. Gorgeous
on December 9, 2013 12:38pm
Something quick, (you haven't much time) easily adapted - Ave Maria att. Caccini (composed by Valvilov)
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