God Rest Ye began with a commission to write a piece for the St. Thomas choir for a Christmas service. Most of the musical material was transcribed for the concert band piece God Rest Ye. Text was added using verses 1, 2, 3 and 6 of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen." For the second verse, choral harmony parts were created. The main melody in the second verse bounces between the soprano and tenor to alto and bass.
Duration: 4.5 Minutes
Number of measures: 119
Number of pages (Score): 13
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
O tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy;
In Bethlehem, in Jewry, a blessed Babe was born,
From God our heavenly Father a blessed angel came;
But when to Bethlehem they came where our dear Savior lay,
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This piece was premiered by the
St. Thomas Choir and was conducted by Eric D. Sharp on
December 25, 2000 at the
St. Thomas Church in Long Beach, CA.
This piece was also performed by the Galveston College Choir and was conducted by Eric D. Sharp on December 6, 2004 at Galveston College in Galveston, TX.