Monday, November 21, 2011

Nativity Scenes, Suite for String Orchestra

Nativity Scenes, Suite for String Orchestra is an aural rather than visual presentation of the Nativity story. It was my intent to capture some of the innocent wonder I felt as a child participating in an outdoor living Nativity scene. Scriptural narration serves to connect commonly known Christmas carols to their historical roots.

The work is in five movements. It may be performed with or without narration. The individual movements may be excerpted. Duration 28 mins with narration, 22 mins without. Individual movements range from 4 to 7 mins.

The narration texts provided in the score are from the King James version of the Bible. Other versions may be substituted.

Though intended as concert music, the work has strong visual elements. It is well suited to the addition of interpretive dance or ballet choreography. It is also well suited to Lessons and Carols services.


III. Handelia


Nativity Scenes: Suite for String Orchestra, is published by Oxford University Press. Score and parts are available at

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