“Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” – Christmas anthem for SATB voices and piano; traditional Polish carol, arr. by Mark Burrows
E/D v: 5-7, p:5-7
Composer Mark Burrows has arranged this beloved carol in a way that retains the familiar while adding a freshness to the carol for the singers and listener alike. Listen for the interchange of the moving eighth notes between the alto and tenor sections at measures 13 and 14, hear the men pick up the melody in the middle of stanza 2, and move with the soprano section as they sing the flowing eighth note pattern at the end of stanza three.
Pianists will want to plan their fingering in the flowing left hand pattern throughout the anthem. The accompaniment gently supports the choir throughout. Consider adding wind chimes at the beginning of measure 4 and on the last measure.
Performance options include singing during the serving of communion or during candle lighting on Christmas Eve. The top notes of the right hand piano part could be adapted for flute or violin with careful adjustment for octave placement. A child soloist could sing measures 4-12 with the SATB choir humming their scored parts under the soloist (choir begins singing the text at “Swift are”.) The last phrase of the piece could be treated in the same way.
Appropriate days: Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmastide, as a part of a Lesson and Carol Service