Two Carols by Elizabeth Maconchy comprises two songs for unaccompanied upper voices: I sing of a maiden and This day, both originally conceived in 1966, with words from fifteenth-century texts. While contrasting in character, both embody a richly expressive harmony, with opportunity in each for the upper soprano part to be sung solo (or by a small group of voices, if preferred). Equally, the composer notes that I sing of a maiden’s tenor part may be sung solo; the tenor line here is also suitable for alto voice, making both carols accessible to SSA ensembles.
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