Brightest Star



  • Music: Cecilia McDowall
    Text: Baron Alexander Moncrieff Coutanche
  • Lyrics / Text: Sean Street
  • Category / Instrument: Choral music
  • Subcategory / Voicing: SATB
  • Genre: Christmas
  • Other Classifications: Advent
  • Accompaniment: a cappella (or opt instrument)
  • Format: Octavo – Choral
  • Catalog #: X532113
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Written to commemorate the centenary of the foundation of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Brightest Star sets a powerful text by Seán Street. The poem describes the call for assistance made by the occupied Channel Islands in 1944 and the response of the Red Cross ship, the Vega, which came to their aid, drawing parallels between this story and the light and hope of the seasons of Christmas and Epiphany. The bleak wartime conditions are portrayed by dissonant harmony and downward sliding phrases, and extracts from the Bailiff of Jersey's letter of appeal, sung by the lower voices, draw attention to the gravity of the situation. In contrast, the upper voices bring an ethereal quality to the texture, with closing phrases that are suggestive of the traditional French carol Les anges dans nos campagnes ('Angels, from the realms of glory').

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Weight 0.085 lbs


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