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Away in a Manger (SATB divisi, unaccompanied) (2014)

[smartslider2 slider=”3″]Composed November 2014.

Dedicated to Lisa Piper. Written for Nigel Edwards and the Parnham Voices.

Duration: c. 3′

Text: Anon., ca. 1883, Philadelphia

Music: melody J. Kirkpatrick, 1838-1921;

arranged by Mark Hewitt 2014

Programme note by the composer:

I have to confess I have taken some liberties with this iconic Christmas melody.

I hope my setting still captures some of the innocence and quietude of the original.

In contrast, the third verse becomes a more elaborate, polyphonic texture.

Score format = A4

File type = pdf file

No. of pages = 8

Licence to print up to 20 copies £18.00 

Licence to print up to 21 + copies £25.00

Silent Night (SATB divisi, unaccompanied) (2015)

Dedicated to Laura Wright, with affection, on the occasion of her 50th birthday

Composed: August 2015

Duration: c. 6′

Text: Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848; trans. by John F. Young, 1820-1885 (v. 1, 2, 3) and anon. (v. 4)

Programme note:

‘Silent Night’ is an iconic Christmas melody, known to millions as a simple lullaby. However, the imagery of the text has prompted from me a more elaborate musical setting. My response is akin to those Renaissance paintings of the Nativity which do not portray the holy family as poor people in humble surroundings but rather as royal, rich in colour and opulent in manner. I have sought to capture a sense of calm but also of radiance, the music ringing out the joy of Christ’s birth. The original melody by Franz Gruber is not present throughout the piece but is hinted at in verses 1, 2 and then emerges complete in the third and fourth verses.

Mark Hewitt

Crewkerne, Somerset, August 2015

Sheet music available here:

Silent Night

Recorded on the Prima Facie label on the album ‘The Silver Stars At Play’, Kantos conducted by Elspeth Slorach

Silver Stars



There is no rose (SSAATTBB, unaccompanied) (2014)

Hewitt There is No Rose (SSAATTBB) SAMPLE SCORE

Dedicated to Sylvia Junge.

Composed for Nigel Edwards and the Parnham Voices. 

Duration: c. 3′ 30″

Text: English Traditional, c. 1420

Programme note by the composer:

In this setting I have emphasised the gradual ‘opening’ of the petals of the rose from simplicity to more complex textures as the choir becomes richer in sonority and more ‘perfumed’ in its harmonic language. The final bringing together of the Latin tags to each verse bring the piece to a (hopefully) rapt and ‘visionary’ conclusion.

Mark Hewitt, December 2014, Crewkerne, Somerset.

Score format = A4

File type = pdf file

No. of pages = 11

Licence to print up to 20 copies £25.00 

Licence to print up to 21 + copies £32.00