In keeping with its title, this Christmas carol is bursting with joyous energy. Taking Lowell Mason’s melody, which was based on an earlier melody by Handel, Rutter adds a virtuosic accompaniment which can be played by either piano, organ, orchestra, or brass ensemble and plays a prominent role in the carol.
Scores and parts for the accompaniment are available on sale or to rent/hire at the OUP link below.
Orchestration: 2 ob, 2 bsn, 2 tpt in C, timps, organ/harpsichord, strings
This carol forms part of the Christmas collection Joy to the World.