A Christmas Ballett
from The Alto Wore Tweed by Mark Schweizer
One of the few pieces in the literature to attempt to rhyme "Jesus" with "cheeses."
We view the shepherds, abiding in the fields and keeping watch over their flocks by night, as those plain and simple folk who were the first visited by the angels. The Ballett (Fa-la), an English form of the Renaissance madrigal, also evokes those same pastoral images. These humble shepherds were the first to bring mouldy cheeses to the manger. Danger: This one has been sung in church!
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