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Some hymnals (mainly American) seem to invert the two halves of the second verse. Does anyone know why? 184.108.40.206 (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 05:56, 12 December 2007 (UTC)
I have copies here of 100 Carols for Choirs (OUP), Carols for Choirs 1 (OUP), The English Hymnal, Hymns Ancient & Modern Revised and Hymns Acnient & Modern New Standard. With the exception of A&MR, all show the words to verse 2 as "O morning stars together... And peace to men on Earth / For Christ is born of Mary... Their watch of wondering love". My very strong suspicion is that the version as currently shown is incorrect (i.e., NOT as written by Phillips Brooks.
In 2010 British composer Adrian Payne created a completely new choral (SATB) setting using the original text. Entitled 'Bethlehem' the melody uses a folk aesthetic to create a joyful, contemporary representation of the text. Sopranos and altos sing the first verse, to a rhythmic piano accompaniment that gives the piece a medieval flavour. The chorus sings the second verse and tenors and basses the third, which features a second melodic theme. The final verse deploys the full chorus, incorporating a jazz-flavoured descant and (optional) organ accompaniment to build to a series of distinctive unaccompanied chords that bring the piece to a rousing conclusion. 'Bethlehem' was first perfomed at St. Bride's Church in London in December 2010.
Really needs a citation to be included, otherwise it looks a little bit like advertising. Also, I can't find any mention of Adrian Payne, the only possibility is that it could be something this economist wrote in his spare time? Rob (talk) 16:34, 27 December 2010 (UTC)