for upper voices, SATB, and harp My Perfect Stranger is a captivating setting of Kevin Crossley-Holland's retelling of the Christmas story. Following an expectant prologue, the central movement is rich in characterization as soloists from within the choir take on the roles of key players in the narrative, with the upper voices adopting the role of the guiding star, as well as enriching the texture at important moments in the story. Beginning with the harp ostinato of the prologue, the epilogue asks the listener to reflect on the story we have heard, challenging us to consider the part we might have played and asking 'what have you to say and sing?'. The work's vibrant part for harp makes for a compelling alternative to the more conventional keyboard accompaniment.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 36
Weight: 118 g
Dimensions: 276 x 202 x 5 mm
Edition: Vocal score
My Perfect Stranger is a 12-minute "mini-drama" for harp (though piano can be substituted), upper voices (1-2 parts) and a separate mixed choir, setting a vivid text by Kevin Crossley-Holland that allows the introduction of three wise men (TBB) into the musical texture as well as other dramatis personae. * Geoffrey Webber, Choir & Organ, September 2017 *
My Perfect Stranger is far from a conventional Christmas piece but it's a most interesting way of telling the Christmas story and I hope that choirs will take it up as an enterprising alternative to the standard carol concert fare. * John Quinn, musicweb-international.com, October 2017 *