An arrangement of the Chestnut Major tune for ‘While shepherds watched’ for SATB and organ/piano.
This is an arrangement of one of the many tunes for ‘While shepherds watched’ that have fallen out of favour since Winchester New cornered the market.
The tune is a major variant of the same basic melody, Chestnut, that underlies ‘Come all ye worthy gentlemen’, ‘God rest ye merry, gentlemen’, ‘Unto us is born a son’, and probably others. There is an arrangement of it in the Oxford Book of Carols, but personally I found that one a bit pedestrian so wrote this one instead.
The trumpet part was added in 2019.
Voicing: SATB (optional split in Soprano on last chord)
Notes on ambitus: S goes up to G; T goes up to E, AB go up to D.
Instrumentation: Piano or organ; optional trumpet.
Approximate performance length: 2:00
Licence: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Public Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
This version includes an optional trumpet part and rehearsal marks.
MIDI preview: this is as it comes from Lilypond, so does not fully reflect the written articulation or dynamics.
This version incorporates changes introduced after feedback from the first performance.
Sheet music (PDF, A4) for SATB and piano/organ.
MIDI preview: this is as it comes from Lilypond, so does not reflect the written articulation or dynamics.