What Child Is This?

Instrumentation

 

Flute
Oboe
English Horn
Clarinet in A
Bassoon
3 Horns in F
Timpani
Percussion
Finger cymbals, tambourine, suspended cymbal, mark tree
Harp
Celesta
SATB Choir
Violin I
Violin II
Viola
Cello
Contrabass

 

Program Notes

The English Folk song melody “Greensleeves” first appeared during the 16th century and has grown in popularity ever since. It is now known throughout the world predominantly through its pairing with William Chatterton Dix’s text, “What Child Is This,” penned in 1868. This arrangement was commissioned by Fourth Presbyterian Church in Bethesda, Maryland for use with congregational singing. It is also available in a reduced version for choir, oboe solo, string quartet, and organ.