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Please help: Can't remember the arranger of "Il est ne"

I am trying to locate an arrangement of "Il est ne" for trebles.  It is a more challenging arrangement for trebles (SA or SSA) that has a moderately difficult piano part.  The piece changes meter from 5/8 to 6/8 throughout.  I believe it is in the key of D-Flat major.  I think it is published by Oxford or another English source.  I remember the front cover simply being an off white color with black ink.  I have had a copy in my files for several years, waiting for the right time and choir.  Now it's time, but I can't find the piece!  It is a great arrangement that needs exposure.
Any suggestions on the arranger's name based on the above information?  My plan is to take the piano arrangement and transcribe it for string orchestra.  Any help, sooner rather than later, is appreciated.
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on May 28, 2014 2:56am
Try "John Rutter" published  by  Oxford University Press
on May 28, 2014 4:06am
I think the one you want is arranged by Nicholas Burt. 
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on May 28, 2014 6:21pm
The arranger of the Oxford University Press arrangement I was referring to has two last names. Nicholas Scott-Burt is his whole name.  
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on May 28, 2014 3:01pm
May 28, 2014
Bryan Priddy searching "Il est ne"  French carol;  ("He is born" or close to that)
Of course it is "composer-less" being a "folk- or traditional-tune.  YIou do mean:  "Il est ne, le divin enfant; jouez hautbois, resonezla flutaphon"
I hope you've check your favorite search engine places.  You must mean your looking for the arranger; not composer.
I may be wrong, but it seems to me it appears in one of the Robert Shaw choral series, arr. by Parker-Shaw, or another of that tribe.
I think you're better off  (even with trebles) doing an a cappella version.
I think it's a real delightful tune; it does appear in a Christmas Piano book of med. difficult arrangements by Marilyn Hamm, probably mixed in with 1 or 2 other carols.
The arrangement I did at Capital Univ., Columbus, was excellent, and for the nonce I've forgotten the composer; well it was c. 42 years ago.  Rachel suggests one of the Burt carols.  She says "Nicholas" but that's St. Nicholas;  She mayi mean "Alfred Burt" who is renowned for his many carol arrangements.  Forget John Rutter.
Not much help I know; but interesting reading.  As to the key; Db can't be right; It begins on "5-1-1' 3-1-5-1-1;  If in flat's, it would more likely be g-flat major;  But f-major or G-major are more normal keys.  Some of the ChoralNet people must have a published copy of the Carol in decent arrangement.
on May 28, 2014 3:15pm
Second go-round:  May 28; searching arr. of "Il est ne" from Bryan Priddy
Upon re-reading I'm assuming you mean to still use 2 or 3 part treble voices but make a strings version for accompaniment.  Sorry, it seems to me one would opt for winds, or winds AND strings as the oboe and "musette" are mentioned in the text.  A flute and clarinet would also fit the sound.  Check Roger Wagner Chorale for a sharp, incisive performance, old as you might think it.   While you may have done this, I give you a dozen versions of the carol:
  1. Il est ne le Divin Enfant: Full Score : for Unison Treble Choir and Chamber Group - Cached
  2. Il Est , Le Divin Enfant SHEET MUSIC 2-Part/3-Part Treble [Audrey Snyder - 2-Part/3-Part Treble, 2-Part/3-Part Treble] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying ... - Cached
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  3. Il est ne le Divin Enfant: Full Score (Including Vocal Parts): for Unison Treble Choir and Chamber Group [John Levick, Gabriel Faure] ... - Cached
  4. He Is Born Il Est Le Divin Enfant Sheet Music Unison Treble Betty Bertaux Series - Cached
  5. "Il est ne, le divin Enfant" - Strings, Choir, Organ or Harpsichord - full score & parts
  6. Il Est , Le Divin Enfant (He Is Born, ... Il Est - (He Is Born) - 3PT TREBLE A ... the clarity and simplicity of children's voices will shine brightly.é+Le+Divin+Enfant/8551277-H1 - Cached
  7. TC1034 - Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant (COME AND ... In this arrangement, ... Instrumentation – Treble Chor - Cached
  8. Re: How to pronounce "divin"? - ChoralNet (it's "deh-veen" an exception in usual French pronunciation)

    ... Voice Lesson Teacher; Resources ... >> >>In "Il est ne le divin enfant" how does one correctly pronounce the last >> >>syllable of divin ... - Cached
  9. Hymn Arrangements. Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant; ... We Listen to a Prophet's Voice; ... Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant ... - Cached
  10. This carol is arranged for Soprano and Alto voices with an optional Alto/Baritone part, piano accompaniment and recorder. NB. When you purchase this download, you are ...
    Stephen Winn Klyce
on May 28, 2014 9:22pm
May 29 2014
Dear Bryan:  Here's a possible solution to your search from the many on the Internet (using Yahoo Search)
Stephen Winn Klyce, Dagsboro DE
TC1034 - Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant
by FAURE, Gabriel-Urbain (1845-1924) (Composer), SISSON, William (Editor)
Picture of Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant 
Choral Octavo -
About Il Est Ne Le Divin Enfant
For Unison or Two-Part Treble Chorus with Keyboard Accompaniment

In this arrangement, the instrumental introduction and the interludes have been omitted, and the music has been lowered by a whole tone from B-flat major. An optional second part, adapted from Faure's harmonization, as well as a singing version in English has been supplied by the editor.
Quick Facts
Orig. Imprint
Tetra / Continuo
Unison Chorus, Vocal Musi
Choral, French
Copyright Year
Instrumentation – Treble Chor
Sorry I went on endlessly and over-critically on my first 2 messages on this topic.
on May 29, 2014 7:28am
Thanks to all for your wonderful suggesions. Rachel Sagna wins the prize. The arranger I was looking for is Nicholas Burt. Now I can place an order for new music. I am always amazed by the breadth and depth of knowledge of my colleagues across the nation.
on May 29, 2014 7:57am
I was thinking that there was a David Wilkerson arrangement in on of the Oxford Carol books.
on May 29, 2014 2:41pm
"OOOooh-give three cheers, three cheers again, for the mighty Sagona of the Pinafore~" or is it "Priddy-fore?"
Nice going Rachel~
on May 30, 2014 5:32am
There is an arrangement by John Rutter in Carols for Choirs 4 (Oxford) but it is in 2/2 time so it's not the one you are looking for. I only mention it because the book contains 50 carols arranged for Sops and Altos and mightbe a useful resource for you.
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