Twas in the Moon of Wintertime – Flute Choir

This, the first Canadian Christmas carol, was originally written in the Huron
language using the melody of a 16th century French carol, Une Jeune
Pucelle. This arrangement is as expressive as the story it depicts and
the plaintive melody is elegantly scored and always full of promise.

The lyrics are:

Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled,
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead.
Before their light the stars grew dim,
And wand'ring hunters heard the hymn:
Jesus your king is born, Jesus is born
In excelsis gloria!

The Ohio State University Flute Troupe, directed by Katherine Borst Jones, recorded this piece. The full version is available for your listening pleasure under Hear an Excerpt.

Composer: Anne McGinty
Instrumentation: 4 C Flutes, 2 Alto Flutes,  Bass Flute &  Contrabass Flute
Duration/# of Pages: ca. 5:00 / 16 pages, 8.5″ x 11″
Key: N/A

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