Summer Sun or Winter Skies

by David Haas

Text Author: Shirley Erena Murray

Words © 2003 Hope Publishing Co. Music © 2010 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: Unison

Accompaniment: Keyboard

Guitar: Yes

Separate Instruments: C Instrument, Cello

Series: Christmas

Difficulty Level: E


Murray’s text challenges assumptions about Christmas: among them, the naïveté of our piety of this season and the way in which we use holidays (such as Christmas) as an escape from political realities that are in conflict with the entire message of the Incarnation. But she still embraces the hope and promise that the birth of Christ provides. The piece can be sung by a soloist or choir, or by the assembly—providing a provocative alternative for the music provided at Christmas liturgies. Soloists should avoid being too emotional or dramatic—let the words and the melody express the mood.

Categories: Choral Vocal

Seasonal: Christmastide

Liturgical: Christmas Vigil, Christmas Night, Christmas Dawn, Christmas Day

Scored for: Strings, Woodwinds

Number of Pages: 4

Language: English

Format: Octavo