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Season of Joy - A Celtic Christmas Celebration

A Celtic Christmas Celebration

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Season of Joy - A Celtic Christmas Celebration

A Celtic Christmas Celebration

Created by Daniel Semsen; Optional Narration and Production Notes by Deborah Craig-Claar

Combining the passion of Celtic musical traditions and the joyous celebration of Christ's birth, SEASON OF JOY offers a spectacular collection of new and beloved seasonal songs that will perfectly complement any Christmas program. Acclaimed arranger/orchestrator Daniel Semsen has brilliantly married traditional Celtic instrumentation with a vibrant contemporary sound. Featuring four new songs by Keith and Kristyn Getty, this one-of-a-kind musical combines such Irish classics as "The Wexford Carol" with exciting new Celtic-inspired arrangements of Chris Tomlin's "Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground)" and Travis Cottrell's "Jesus Saves." A standout offering is the stunning overture, which features fiddles, penny whistles and bagpipes. No less than one dozen familiar carols artfully weave their way through the work, inviting your congregation to fully join the celebration. Two optional narrations, a sequence of dramatic readings and production notes by Deborah Craig-Claar have also been provided, allowing you to customize the work to your presentational needs. This year, share the SEASON OF JOY with your choir, your church and your community.

SKU# 080689466175GP

Quick Overview

Choral Book

Product Features


Word Choral Club - Christmas/Fall 2012


Difficulty: Moderate


Voicing: SATB w/ opt children's voices


Length: 50 minutes


Release Date: April 13, 2012


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Song Titles

Song Titles

A Celtic Christmas Overture
with Joy to the World!
and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
and The Wexford Carol
and How Suddenly a Baby Cries
Daniel Semsen
Isaac Watts, George Frederick Handel
Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn
Getty, Getty, De Barra
Christmas Pipes
with O Holy Night
and Good Christians All Rejoice
Brendan Graham
John S Dwight, Adolphe Adam
Latin Carol, John M Neale
Joy Has Dawned
with Angels We Have Heard on High
Keith Getty, Stuart Townend
Traditional French carol
Once Upon a Christmas Dolly Parton
The Wexford Carol
with I Wonder As I Wander

John Jacobs Niles, Appalachian folk melody
The Carolin' Reel
with Joy to the World
and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
and Deck the Halls
and O Come, All Ye Faithful

Isaac Watts, George Frederick Handel
Charles Wesley, Felix Mendelssohn
Traditional Welsh carol
Latin Hymn, John Francis Wade
Emmanuel (Hallowed Manger Ground) Chris Tomlin, Ed Cash
How Suddenly a Baby Cries Getty, Getty, De Barra
Jesus Saves David Moffitt, Travis Cottrell
By Faith Getty, Getty, Townend
Celtic Christmas Blessing
with Silent Night, Holy Night
Keith Getty, Kristyn Getty
Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber



At a Glance
* Traditional and Irish narrations in the choral book
* Accompaniment DVD available
* Stem mixes available
* Includes songs from new Keith and Kristyn Getty Christmas album, Celtic Woman project and favorite Celtic carol, The Wexford Carol
* Includes songs written by Chris Tomlin, Travis Cottrell, Dolly Parton, Brendan Graham
Score; Oboe; Clarinet 1, 2; Clarinet 3 (doubles Viola); Bassoon (doubles Cello); Bass Clarinet (doubles String Bass); Soprano Sax (doubles Oboe); Alto Sax (doubles Uilleann Pipes); Alto Sax 1, 2 (doubles Horn 1,2); Tenor Sax/Baritone T.C. (doubles Tuba); Horn 1, 2, 3; Trumpet 1, 2, 3; Trombone 1, 2; Trombone 3/Tuba; Violin 1, 2; Viola; Cello; String Bass; Percussion 1, 2; Percussion 3 (Timpani); Rhythm; Harp; String Reduction; Synth (Irish Instrument Reduction); Penny Whistle; Irish Fiddle; Uilleann Pipes
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Best of 2012

Review by Kathea


I got to preview this at the Choral Festival in SC. The best Christmas score of the year. Irish but not cheesy. Beautiful arrangements of classics and great new stuff.

(Posted on 8/30/12)

not boring / exciting

Review by Martha the Choir Lady


If you like Celtic, if you have adventurous choir members who are willing to give it their all, if you are ready for something different, look at this piece for your Christmas program. The music is haunting, exciting, inspiring, interesting in dynamics. The music although at first might seem difficult, I believe can be tackled by a moderate to large church choir. Some of the music is unison, some is broad in musicality and harmony. The children's choir can easily be worked in. It is very uplifting in the final section and hauntingly draws you in on the "Once Upon a Christmas" piece as well as some others. There's traditional as well as contemporary...........who doesn't like Celtic? I am excited about this program. Good job, Daniel!!!

(Posted on 8/6/12)

Wonderful & Fresh

Review by Natalie


This brings such a freshness to the Christmas music we know and love.

(Posted on 7/4/12)

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