Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor

Instrumentation

 

Flute
Oboe
English Horn
2 Clarinets in B
Bassoon
2 Horns in F
Timpani
Percussion

mark tree, celeste, suspended cymbal, chimes

Harp
SATB Choir
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Contrabass

 

Program Notes

“Thou Who Wast Rich Beyond All Splendor,” by the Anglican Bishop Frank Houghton, offers a breathtaking portrayal of the Christ of Christmas. Each stanza explores a different aspect of the Savior’s life: his humiliation, incarnation, and exaltation. The gently flowing orchestral accompaniment in this setting for SATB choir and chamber orchestra intensifies the beauty of this Christmas hymn.