Richard Lambert Music

Good King Wenceslas (Op.48 No.3a)

A new setting of the traditional carol for unison voices and piano

This is a completely new setting of the well-known carol, and would be eminently suitable for a competent school choir that is looking for something different for a Carol Service. The five verses are set strophically, but there are upward semitonal modulations to give lift and variety. The first two verses commence in G major; the next two are in A flat major; and the final verse concludes the carol in a bright A major. These key changes are done with subtlety, avoiding predictability.


Listen

This recording of Good King Wenceslas was produced using computer software called Sibelius: it is not a live recording.

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You can view and purchase the score of Good King Wenceslas from Score Exchange.

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