The Seven Joys of Mary (Philip Le Bas)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-04)  CPDL #52800:            Network.png PDF, MP3, MXL, SIB and MIDI files available.
Editor: Philip Le Bas (submitted 2019-01-04).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 166 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Seven Joys of Mary
Composer: Philip Le Bas
Lyricist: Traditional

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SABar
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 2018
Description: A new setting by Philip Le Bas of the ancient carol "The Seven Joys of Mary" (or "Joys Seven", or a variety of other possible titles.) Since medieval times the number of "Joys of Mary" has varied between five, seven, ten and twelve, but the the current number of seven has become popular, especially since the basic harmonization of R.R. Terry published in 1833 and the contemporary version for 8-part choir by Stephen Cleobury in the OUP's "Carols for Choirs" series. (A history of the carol can be found in the New Oxford Book of Carols, edited by H Keyte and A Parrott, p.462f.) The version presented here is kept relatively simple to perform, being scored only for three-part choir (SABar - soprano, alto, baritone) and piano, but with plenty of interest including voicing changes, a few changes of rhythm (especially in verse 6) and two key changes. The arranger hopes performers and listeners will find it energetic and fun! It should certainly be sung in that spirit! Although often associated with Christmas, it could in fact be performed in any season, referring as it does to the whole life, death and resurrection of Christ.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at The seven joys of Mary.