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What Child Is This?

What Child Is This? (“Greensleeves”)  (arr. October 2013) is a arrangement for vocalist and orchestra that depicts an austere and stark backdrop for the popular 1865 public domain carol.  The sparse but still heavy-handed, dense, low passing chords progress gently and contain added beats between certain phrases that allow the singer an opportunity to sustain long tones as the orchestra moves molto rubato.  This keen awareness and sensitivity make this arrangement a winner for providing a sentimental and dramatic approach to the favorite and hauntingly moving hymn song.  

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