Deep in the heart of late December,
Softly the snow begins to fall.
Slowly the night turns into darkness,
As we begin the longest night of all.
Light is fading,
On the longest night of all.
Thus begins Diane Benjamin‘s Solstice Carol, a straightforward and tuneful work celebrating winter solstice. Its beauty is in the simplicity of line and message, devoted to the subject of darkness, light and renewal.
A newly engraved edition of the original version for women’s chorus and piano was made available just last year, and Diane recently arranged the piece for mixed chorus and piano as well. Click on the links to view a partial scores as downloadable PDFs.