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Christmas Anthem - "Gentle Mary Laid Her Child"

SATB, Piano
A new work to be composed by R. Christopher Teichler
Difficulty: 2 · Medium Easy
Length: 3-4 minutes

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This text will be set to new music, intended for the average church choir. SATB, with sections in unison and 2-part voicing. I want to write an anthem on a lesser known text, in order to help broaden the Christmas choral repertoire and to look at the Christmas story with fresh eyes (and ears!). I would be honored to have you and your choir join me in making this anthem happen! With COVID-19 and all the difficulties that has presented, I wanted to make joining this consortium easier, so the buy-in will only be $50/ensemble. Thanks for your consideration!


Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
There He lay, the undefiled,
To the world a stranger:
Such a Babe in such a place,
Can He be the Savior?
Ask the saved of all the race
Who have found His favor.

Angels sang about His birth;
Wise men sought and found Him;
Heaven's star shone brightly forth,
Glory all around Him:
Shepherds saw the wondrous sight,
Heard the angels singing;
All the plains were lit that night,
All the hills were ringing.

Gentle Mary laid her Child
Lowly in a manger;
He is still the undefiled,
But no more a stranger:
Son of God, of humble birth,
Beautiful the story;
Praise His name in all the earth,
Hail the King of glory!

- Joseph Simpson Cook (1859 - 1933)

About R. Christopher Teichler

Hello! I write music that I hope will engage with a broad range of listeners. I've written works for everything ranging from middle school band through professional symphony. I've written more choral music than for any other genre, for church choirs as well as college/university ensembles. My music is mostly self-published, but I also have works available from Alfred, Kjos, Lorenz, BRS Music and Pelican Music. Something I pride myself on is that while I am a musical artist, I'm also a regular guy. I will happily discuss classical music one minute and baseball/football the next! For more info on me and my music, you can visit my website: christeichler (dot) com. Thanks!

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