for SSSAAA unaccompanied Published for the very first time, this is a beautiful arrangement of the old German tune 'Lasst uns das Kindlein Wiegan', setting words adapted from an old Scots poem by Ursula Wood. With flowing contrapuntal lines and characteristic harmonies, O my dear heart will be popular with all upper-voice choirs.
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
"An unexpected Christmas delight is the first publication of a carol by Vaughan Williams. Probably written in 1943, it is a minor gem, with that kind of restrained voluptuousness that sometimes characterises Vaughan Williams' writing for combined female voices." - The Singer, October 2009
"One novelty that I particularly enjoyed was the discovery of a 1943 carol for upper voices by Vaughan Williams, My Dear Heart, full of that special quality, both remote yet voluptuous that the composer reserves for such forces." - Matthew Greenall, The Singer, December 09
"This is an interesting find . . . a lovely piece that should give enjoyment to choirs and audiences alike." - Jonathan Wikeley, Music
Teacher, Sept 09