work details

A winter birth adorns this day

  • Instrumentation: for mixed chorus (keyboard opt.)
  • Completed: December 2020
  • Duration: 2 1/2 minutes
  • Texts: Original hymn text by the composer.
  • Commission and Dedication:

    Commissioned by Robin Eaton for the Mendelssohn Chorus of Philadelphia 2020 Holiday Fundraiser and dedicated in memory of Robin's dear mother, Grace Lorraine Dathe Eaton.

  • Text:

    A winter birth adorns this day
    Original text by the composer.

    White as sun, snow-brushed with age,
    Scent of lilac, rose, and sage,
    A winter guest has made his way.
    We sing, we greet: Noel, Noé.

    Green as youth, bright-lit the pine,
    Taste of honey, fruit, and wine,
    A winter feast before us lay.
    We sing, we dance: Noel, Noé.

    Blue as night, cold-still the time,
    Sound of silence, frost, and chime,
    A winter prayer we pause to pray.
    We sing, we chant: Noel, Noé.

    White as morn, gold-brimmed our host,
    Sight of newborn, God, and ghost,
    A winter birth adorns this day.
    We sing with joy: Noel, Noé!

    Copyright © 2020 by Dominick DiOrio. All rights reserved.

  • Performances:
    • Premiere virtual recording by Abigail Chapman, Sierra Fox, Michael Smith, and Lucas DeJesus.
      December 24, 2020.