about the composition
Two December Carols (2005), for SATB
choir with piano or harp, was commissioned
in honor of Carsten Slostad's thirty years as conductor of the Wells Fargo Chorus,
a volunteer employee chorus based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Movement I,
"Snowflake Song," features text by Joyce Kennedy of Bloomington, Minnesota;
movement II, "Wisdom," features text by Shannon King of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The music was composed by Carl Schroeder of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The movements may be performed together as a set or individually. Movement I, "Snowflake
Song," is 2.5 minutes in duration and is best suited for secular performance
settings. Movement II, "Wisdom," is 3 minutes in duration and can be performed
in both sacred and secular settings.
Movement I, "Snowflake Song," has also been arranged by the composer for SSA
choir with piano, and both movements have been adapted for solo piano. Two
December Carols was published by
Boosey & Hawkes in January 2010, and is available from major online sheet
music stores including