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William Lloyd Webber Centenary Collection - Born a King

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A Christmas Cantata

We are delighted to celebrate the centenary of William Lloyd Webber with this eight-book collection.

Showcasing him in the light of a composer who was true to himself and who fully embraced his signature style, this is music that is romantic, melodious and – above all – heartfelt.

This is also music that goes beyond the accepted conventions of his day – music whose time has come!

This tuneful, straightforward and thoroughly enjoyable cantata has parts for baritone solo, chorus and organ, with three well-known hymns for the congregation. The text is taken from Scripture and other sources including Wesley, Luther and Heber. Born a King will take 20-25 minutes to perform, making it suitable for use in a service or as part of a longer Christmas concert. It will cause no learning headaches for a parish choir and will give much pleasure.

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Product Code1400007
NameWilliam Lloyd Webber Centenary Collection - Born a King
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorWilliam Lloyd Webber
Short DescriptionA Christmas Cantata
Pack Size1
Size173mm x 251mm
Count48 pages
Date Published1 Jan 1970
Lead Time3 weeks (approx.) if out of stock
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an appreciation of William Lloyd Webber's cantata 'Born a King', published by Kevin Mayhew Ltd Review by Algernon
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Born a King is a delightful, short (25min or so) cantata for Christmas that is well within the capability of a good parish church choir or small choral society. What makes William Lloyd Webber's choral music so delightful to sing is the originality of the part leading within a basically tonal structure - a surprise at almost every corner. The setting of 'Brightest and Best', if compressed into a 'hymn tune', easily bears comparison with all the other well-known (and excellent) settings. And, like Britten, every note in WLW is in exactly the right place.

Kevin Mayhew Ltd have rescued a lot of Lloyd Webber 'Pater' from possible oblivion, and so have given performers and audiences the chance to re-evaluate a composer with a very distinctive voice whose music was perhaps not fully appreciated in his own lifetime. They have done the memory of WLW proud, and they have done English music a great service. (Posted on 28/06/2010)

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By the age of 14, William had already become a well-known organ recitalist, giving frequent performances at many important churches and cathedrals throughout Great Britain. He won an organ scholarship to Mercer's School, later winning a further scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, where he studied composition with Ralph Vaughan Williams and gained his FRCO diploma at nineteen.

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Blessed is he that cometh
Come, thou long expected Jesus
Hark the glad sound

Of the Father's love begotten
My heart for very joy doth leap
Once in royal Devid's city

O come, let us worship home
Behold, there came wise men
Brightest and best of the sons of the morning
As with gladness men of old
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