The Seven Joys of Christmas



  • Various
    arr. Kirke F. Mechem
  • Lyrics / Text: Various
  • Choral MusicLarge Choral WorksChristmas

  • Languages: English, Latin,
  • Accompaniment: optional Piano or Harp
  • Format: Octavo – Choral
  • Catalog #: 2583
  • Publisher: E.C. Schirmer Music Company

  • Publisher: Canticle Distributing, Inc.
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Kirke Mechem composed the Seven Joys of Christmas for the Chamber Singers of the San Francisco College for Women. He set out with the goal of setting lesser-known, but none the less attractive, carols from different countries in order to paint different aspects of joy for the Christmastide. He employed the number “Seven” because it is considered a magical number (as it is applies to mystery in the liturgy). The final carol, God bless the master of this house, is an amusing combination of all the carols in the composition, in addition to other well-known Christmastide melodies. In certain passages, two, three, even four different carols are being performed at the same time!

1. The Joy of Love: This is the truth
2. The Joy of Bells: Din don! merrily on high
3. The Joy of Mary: Joseph dearest, Joseph mine
4. The Joy of Children: Patapan
5. The Joy of the New Year: New Year Song
6. The Joy of Dance: Fum, fum, fum!
7. The Joy of Song: God bless the master of this house

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Also Available for Purchase:
SATB Choral Score
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Harp Accompaniment Part
SATB Orchestra Score
SSA Orchestra Score

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Orchestra Score and Parts

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Weight 0.24 lbs


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