Amid the roses Mary sits and rocks her Jesus child,
While amid the tree tops sighs the breeze so warm and mild…
It almost seems standard to include a Christmas lullaby on most holiday concerts. And rather than turn to the typical tried and true repertoire, why not consider something different this year? Published originally as a vocal solo in 1912, Max Reger’s evocative lullaby The Virgin’s Slumber Song, Op. 76, No. 52, has been arranged for soprano or tenor solo, men’s chorus, harp and strings by Larry Moore. A piano-vocal score is also available. Choruses have the option of singing either the original German text by Martin Boelitz, or the English translation by Edward Teschemacher.
This song is a tender allegretto piece, full of the beautifully voiced harmonies for which Larry Moore is so well-known. He’s taken Reger’s wonderful solo lullaby and reinvented it in a masterful way!
The Virgin’s Slumber Song (solo, men’s chorus, harp and strings)