It came upon the midnight clear (Richard S. Willis)

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Editor: Ross Anderson Smith (submitted 2020-07-19).   Score information: Letter, 17 pages, 140 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: The motet comprises the first three verses of the traditional carol, arranged by Ross Anderson Smith. The third verse, on man at war with man, is set for 4-part men's chorus.
Arranger: Ross Anderson Smith
Editor: Jonathan Merrett (submitted 2019-08-05).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-29).   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes:
Editor: Andrew Hawryluk (submitted 2006-11-12).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 255 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: arr. Andrew Hawryluk with Piano accompaniment.
  • (Posted 2004-05-20)  CPDL #07054:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: a cappella
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Edition notes: a cappella

Latvian.png In Latvian translation, "Pār mazo ciemu"

  • (Posted 2009-01-13)  CPDL #18762:        (Sibelius 3) (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Andris Solims (submitted 2009-01-13).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 152 kB   Copyright: Religious
Edition notes: This is edition of Pār mazo ciemu ielejā.

General Information

Title: It came upon the midnight clear
Composer: Richard S. Willis
Tune: Carol
Lyricist: Edmund Sears

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or SSAA
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1850


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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at It came upon the midnight clear.