Silent Night (Christmas Cantata)

 

A Christmas Cantata for Choir, Narrator, Soloists and Flute (optional); and organ and congregation. This program is designed to be very easy for choirs to learn, though you’ll need a good pianist. Two optional obbligatos for flute are included. These might also be performed easily on violin, or other C instrument. The program lasts 25-30 minutes.

All solos may be assigned to sections of the choir if desired. All sectional passages may be assigned to soloists if desired.

The narration for this program consists entirely excerpts from Matthew 1 and Luke 2, KJV, followed by a single verse of “Silent Night” sung solo. Feel free to substitute from other scriptural versions or to use a simple retelling.

Very few dynamic markings are included for the interludes, or for the final number with the congregation, as the dynamics for these passages will be determined by your acoustics, amplification, choir/congregation size, etc.

For the “Silent Night” choir/congregation finale, the congregation sings the standard hymn version (1985 LDS Hymns #204). The choir and organ use the score included.

The titles included in the cantata are listed below. Linked titles are available separately. If a title is not linked, it is only available by downloading the complete program. A few titles have audio demos available–they are marked with a “*”. The performers’ interpretations may differ from the printed score.

Silent Night (Interlude 1)
Peace, Peace, Peace*
Silent Night (Interlude 2)
As Shepherds Kept Their Lonely Vigil*
Silent Night (Interlude 3)
Jesus, Lord, at Thy Birth*
Silent Night (Vocal Solo)*

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(Where both solo and choral versions exist, both scores are included.)

  7 Responses to “Silent Night (Christmas Cantata)”

  1.  

    Hello Ms. Sally DeFord were can I download the full instrumental version of the silent night christmas cantata? Thank you for answering..

  2.  

    Thank you for all the work you do in publishing these scores. It makes my life easier when I can go home and print the sheets we are practicing from. This Cantata is great for our Christmas performance.

  3.  

    Do you have a sample audio for the narrations in the silent night interludes?

  4.  

    This is an ideal cantata for a small branch choir and the arrangements are simple but beautiful and easily mastered. We began our rehearsal yesterday (Nov 3) and it was a treat to have a somewhat unfamiliar hymn included (As Shepherds Kept Their Lonely Vigil)–it became a favorite in the first rehearsal.
    Thank-you for making this cantata available for our use!

  5.  

    Is there more narration than just for the 1st song or am I just not seeing it?

  6.  

    I absolutely love this arrangement! I have been in three different wards and used this for each one as our Christmas program.

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