18. Alexander's Carol

Text Information
First Line: Sing to our sovereign Savior Christ Jesus
Title: Alexander's Carol
Author: Charles L. Bartow (1987)
Refrain First Line: Shout for joy, all you angel choirs
Publication Date: 2018
Topic: Christmas
Copyright: Text & tune © 1987 Charles L. Bartow
Tune Information
Name: ALEXANDER'S CAROL
Composer: Charles L. Bartow
Meter: Irregular
Incipit: 34355
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Text & tune © 1987 Charles L. Bartow


Text Information:

This carol was composed in gratitude and anticipation of the birth of the author's first grandchild, Alexander Marshall. The text and melody came to him on a leisurely walk along the Mircale Mile in San Rafael, California. The birth of the grandchild was in January; the carol, while composed in the Christmas season, has Advent overtones that anticipate the child's birth. p. 21, following the carol

Tune Information:

The tune was prompted by a fragment of the opening of a piano sonata by Mozart. Conclusind his walk, the author promptly sang the completed carol to his wife. --p. 21, following the carol


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