The First Noel
FORCES: piano, solo winds, strings, SATB
Arranged for mixed voices with strings, solo winds (flute, clarinet, oboe, horn), and piano. The choral octavo may be performed with piano only. The text and music are 14th-century English in origin, author and composer unknown (and therefore, by definition, a true “carol”).choral scoreorchestra partsfull score (11x14)full score (letter)hymnal score
The first noel the angel did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
In fields where they lay tending their sheep,
On a cold winter’s night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel,
Born is the King of Israel.
They lookèd up and saw a star
Shining in the east, beyond them far;
And to the earth it gave great light,
And so it continued both day and night.
Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord;
That hath made Heaven and earth of naught,
And with His blood mankind hath bought.