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TALLIS VOCALIS CONTEMPORARY CHORAL SERIES

Vanissa Law

O Holy Night for SATB a cappella


Commissioned by Tallis Vocalis in 2019 with sponsorship from CASH Music Fund

World premiere: 9 December 2019 at St. Andrew’s Church, Hong Kong by Tallis Vocalis conducted by Patrick Craig

Duration: 5 mins

Published by Tallis Vocalis Limited www.tallisvocalis.com

ISBN 978-988-74321-0-4 ISMN 979-0-9016766-0-2

© Copyright 2019 by Tallis Vocalis Limited


Text O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth; Long lay the world in sin and error pining, Till he appeared and the soul felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees, Oh hear the angel voices! O night divine! O night when Christ was born. O night divine, O night, O night divine.

Vanissa Law Born in Hong Kong in 1982, Vanissa Law studied piano at the Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), and then voice and electroacoustic composition at Ball State University in the United States for her master degree. She returned to Hong Kong and obtained her PhD in 2016 under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Keyes at HKBU. Her works and installations have been premiered and exhibited internationally at various events and festivals including the 13th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (Seoul, Korea), Zvukové Dobrodružství (Brno, Czech Republic), the Society of Composers (SCI) Region VI Conference (Texas, USA), the University of Central Missouri New Music Festival (Missouri, USA), the soundSCAPE festival (Italy), the 2013 International Workshop on Computer Music and Audio Technology (Taipei) and the Hong Kong Arts Festival. Her collaborative music theatre piece, Bubble, was premiered by the Neue Vocalsolisten at the Munich Biennale in 2018. Law was granted a Fulbright Research Award in 2014 and undertook a 10-month scholarship at the Louisiana Digital Media Center of Louisiana State University in the United States. She is currently the Associate Composer of Hong Kong early music vocal ensemble Tallis Vocalis.


O Holy Night

E R O 

PLACIDE CLAPPEAU trans. JOHN SULLIVAN DWIGHT

     

VANISSA LAW (1982)

Adagio  = 65

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of Sav - iour’s birth

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of Sav - iour’s birth

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night

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it

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shin - ing

    

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night

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PIANO (for rehearsal only)

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         

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2

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15    

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-

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           

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S   U       R   E P    

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  

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    


3

S.

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ap - peared

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   

    

L A

  

ap - peared

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ER

   

     

    

TV 001

  

  

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ap

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  

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

      

    

   

   

     



    

 

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  

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  

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 

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 

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  O C     S 

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      

largamente

    

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O C S

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    

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   

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A.

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20  

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S.

27              soul

felt

S U

R E P  

soul

     

soul

    

     

 

31  

A.

B.

Pno.

 

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  

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the

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 

     

 

   

the

the

 

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   

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TV 001

joi - ces

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Andante moderato  = 80

  

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S.

its

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soul

Pno.

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A.

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5

     

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S.

breaks

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breaks

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41   

A.

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T.

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   

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    

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on

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on

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TV 001

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S

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C S

knees

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morn

knees

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your

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knees



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morn

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   

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C S

  

L   A S U on

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

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morn

L A rious

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 S U

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         

D

   

  


S.

 46    

S.

  

 

  

 50   

Fall

  

Fall

A.

  

T.

on your

 

Fall

Fall

B.

Pno.

       

Fall

 

  

Fall

         

  

   

 

S U knees

on your

knees

on your

knees

on your

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7

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66     

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ISBN 978-988-74321-0-4

ISMN 979-0-9016766-0-2

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O Holy Night (SATB) | Vanissa Law | Tallis Vocalis  

A new choral work for SATB unaccompanied chorus composed by Vanissa Law. The piece uses the same English text of the much-loved carol by Ado...

O Holy Night (SATB) | Vanissa Law | Tallis Vocalis  

A new choral work for SATB unaccompanied chorus composed by Vanissa Law. The piece uses the same English text of the much-loved carol by Ado...

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