It Came Upon the Midnight Clear – sing the song of the angels, first heard 2000 years ago: Peace on earth, good will to men!
Edmund Sears, pastor in Wayland Massachusetts, composed this classic carol in 1849, and Arthur Sullivan adapted the tune ‘Noel’ for Sear’s words in 1874 as its accompaniment.
With the recent US – Mexico war in recent memory and revolution in Europe inspiring him, he laments upon a world full of ‘sin and strife’ which isn’t hearing the Christmas message.
However, this is not the end of the carol. Sears writes of the glorious hope we have in Jesus and the peace that will come at his return for all those who trust in him.
Noel Tredinnick orchestrated the tune of the same name and his grand employment of bold brass and expansive strings, as well as delicate woodwind is sure to brings joy to any carol service.
This arrangement also features on the All Souls Orchestra’s brand new album A Festival of Christmas.
Orchestration and Parts
If you want to play our arrangement but don’t have access to an orchestra, download our £9.25 Worship Set designed for smaller bands.
The set includes:
- Chord chart
- Lead sheet (melody line, lyrics and chords)
- Lead instrument (encapsulating the melodic interest of the orchestration) in C and Bb
- Keyboard conductor (with cues for vocal and lead instrument lines)
- Keyboard reduction
- Choir parts
If you are interested in our arrangements of other carols see our Christmas catalogue.
… and if you want to hear this carol played live by the All Souls Orchestra – we’re including it in this year’s Christmas Praise – still some tickets left!