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Dickens' Christmas Carol

Does anyone know of any choral settings of Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol?"
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on December 16, 2013 8:02am
There are many musicals based on it and even an opera, but I've not heard settings of passages from the book.
 
The musical "Scrooge" has a couple of nice choral pieces in it, but they are true to musical theater fashion and have original lyrics by the writer, Leslie Bricusse.
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on April 14, 2014 4:40am
Lesley Hopwood Meyer did set one excerpt: Fezziwig’s Ball; which I have in an arrangement for SSAATTBB a cappella with a speaker in the intro. Available from me; you may listen to it here:
 
 
Hope this helps,
Robert A.M. Ross
Chair, Music Department
Community College of Philadelphia
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on December 17, 2013 10:00am
Some years ago I put together a semi-theatrical setting of passages from the book intertwined with choral music, sort of the bare bones of the story.  It's a reader's theater type of setting, with the various characters from the novel played by chorus members, who step out of the chorus, sit on stools and act/read their script, then step back into the chorus when done.  The only non-singing roles are Scrooge and the Narrator.  The idea is a story being read aloud to a family, with characters and music coming to life, but quite simply.  I've performed it three times over the years with my community chorus and it works extremely well.  It's amazing how well the story fits with carols, although it shouldn't be surprising, considering the title of the book.  If you are interested in seeing the script, please contact me privately.
 
Linda Gingrich
on April 13, 2014 5:02pm
There is a great new complete musical with lots of direct quotes from Dickens within the songs.  Our high school has performed it three times to full houses - the royalties are extremely reasonable and the music is very moving.  It has been a great fundraiser for us.  In 2016 we will be performing the concert version.  Contact me if you want more info:  caspdean(a)snakeriver.org
on April 14, 2014 2:58am
I see this is quite an old thread, originally, but if anyone's looking for a great Dickens' Christmas Carol musical, we have a lovely musical called
 
The tracks are also on iTunes, which is useful for teachers and students; and the CD includes backing tracks. There's also a score and a play.
 
NB I recently attended a joint-school-choirs' performance of it in London and sat with Charles Dickens' great great grand-daughter, Mary. One of the children asked her if Dickens would have liked their show and she told the delighted child he'd have loved it :)
 
Best wishes,
Sheila.

Sheila Wilson
Composer
 
on April 14, 2014 3:51am
A lovely piece - a masque with song and dance - is Vaughan Williams's "On Christmas Night".  Carols with substance.  Recording conducted by the late Richard Hickox is reviewed here:
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