A Christmas Carol (Arnold Bax)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-11)  CPDL #54213: 
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    • Choir and Organ Score:    
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Editor: J. Guy Stalnaker (submitted 2019-05-11).   Score information: Letter, 13 pages, 1.21 MB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Full score including optional flute and string quartet; SSATB with Organ; optional parts for flute and string quartet

General Information

Title: A Christmas Carol

Composer: Arnold Bax
Lyricist: 15th Centurycreate page

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SacredAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1909
Description: An SSATB with organ arrangement of Arnold Bax's 1909 setting of a well-known 15th-century text he titled "A Christmas Carol" (written for soprano solo and piano accompaniment). This arrangement includes optional parts for flute and string quartet. If string quartet is used, organ is tacet in some sections.

External websites:

A Note on copyright of the Arnold Bax original. Both IMSLP and SheetMusicArchive.net suggest that the original of this work is likely NOT under copyright:

IMPSLP: "... it is very likely to be public domain in the USA ..." [1]

SheetMusicArchive: "Description: Complete Score Copyright type: Public Domain - Non-PD EU" [2]

I have an email from Will Adams, Print Licensing Data Coordinator for Music Sales Corporation,

Dear Mr. Stalnaker,

After looking into our records, I can confirm that the original publication of this work was 1919, which means it is public domain in the US. Please note that it is likely protected in other territories, depending on their standard copyright terms.

Let me know if you have any questions.


Will Adams
Print Licensing & Data Coordinator
Music Sales Corporation
1247 6th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

Original text and translations

English.png English and Latin.png Latin text

There is no rose of such virtue
As is the rose that bare Jesu
Res miranda Alleluia

For in this rose contained was
Heav'n and earth in little space
Res miranda, Alleluia

By this rose we may well see
there be one God in Persons three
Pares forma, Alleluia,

The angels sungen the shepherds unto
Gloria in excelsis Deo
Gaudeamus, Alleluia

Then leave we all this worldly mirth,
And follow we this joyous birth,
Transeamus, Alleluia.