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Choral/Vocal Music

Britten score Saint Nicolas: A Cantata, op 42
Music by Benjamin Britten
Text by Eric Crozier
Boosey & Hawkes 16469, 1948

Overview of Cantata with complete audio files
Selected Text with audio files
Complete Audio from London
Program Notes from six venues

Britten's dramatic cantata is full of wonder. It even directly involves the participation of the audience!
—Steven Karidoyanes

Carol of Saint Nicholas
Medieval carol melody
Arranged by David Cox
Oxford Choral Songs

Words adapted from a 15th century carol

Hymn to St Nicholas 
Sticheron from Vespers for the Feast of St Nicholas, Trisagion (Slavonic, Greek)
Composed by Ivan Moody
Vanderbeek & Imrie Ltd, 2009

Sancte, Sancte Nicolas 
Latin text of "Sancte, Sancte Nicolas" from Lancing College, Sussex
For SATB chorus, with piano and optional string parts
Arranged by Marina Alexander, 2008/2009

St. Nicholas Day in the Morning
Two-part song, music by Easthope Martin, arranged by Henry Geehl, words by Helen Taylor
Copyright © 1938, Enoch & Sons Ltd, available from Music Sales Limited, Music Sales Group
This is the way it begins—

Saint Nicholas comes in the wild winter weather,
(Heigh ho! the frost and the snow)
Holly and mistletoe shining together,
Never a rose on a tree.

Children come hither, we're all merry making,
Gifts from St. Nicholas here for the taking,
Oh, what a welcome has he,
Oh, what a welcome has he . . . .

Le Miracle CD cover Le Miracle de Saint Nicolas
Joseph-Guy Ropartz (1864-1955)
Choeur Régional Vittoria d'Ile de France
Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy
MARCO POLO 8.223774 or NAXOS CD 8.555656

The Nicolas legend in two parts with 16 tableaux

Sint-Nicolaas CD cover Sint-Nicolaas Cantate
Music by Bernard Zweers; Text by Al L. de Rop
CD 1999 SNG Nederland [private issue]

Fun orchestra and choir spectacular in operetta style

Mussorgsky sheet music cover St Nicholas Mass / Missa Sancti Nicolai
Music by Modest Mussorgsky
Premiere Litanie a la Vierge d'Ostra Brama, Stanislaw Moniuszko
SHEET MUSIC: St Nicholas Mass: Missa Sancti Nicolai (C7709)
for mezzo-soprano and baritone soloists, semi-chorus of boys' or girls' voices, mixed chorus, and orchestra
arranged by Philip Lane, Oxford University Press, 1990

A hybrid mass arranged by Phillip Lane from opera choruses by Modest Mussorgsky

Arvo Part CD cover Triodion
Music by Arvo Pärt
Ode III Holy Nicholas, Pray unto God for Us
Elora Festival Singers
Recorded at St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada
Naxos 8.570239 (2006)

Ode III is a setting of the traditional Orthodox troparion to St. Nicholas. The troparion was chosen as the work was commissioned by Lancing College for the 150th anniversary of its founding; St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Lancing College and Benjamin Britten composed his cantata Saint Nicolas for the college centenary.

Arvo Part CD cover Myrizon: Storie del Santo Nicola
Music by Vincenzo, text by Stefania Gianfrancesco
Sebastiano Giotta, tenor; Vincenzo Cicchelli, piano, Antonio Minelli, narrator
Digressione Music DCTT73, 2017

The story of St Nicholas sung and told in thirty parts.

St. Nicholas Waltz The St. Nicholas Waltz
By Milton Carson, recorded on Decca by Lita Roza
John Fields Music Co. Ltd., London, 1953
Distributed by Allan & Co. Pty. Ltd., Australia

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