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Pat-a-Pan | Bernard de la Monnoye | arr. Shawn Kirchner
Here is a lively and intricate setting of the classic French carol that builds to a powerful close. In imitation of the flute and drum mentioned in the carol, the singes play back and forth with their “tu-re-lu-re-lu's” and “pat-a-pat-a-pan's” on interludes throughout the piece. After a straightforward first verse, the second presents the melody mysteriously, in pianissimo octaves, while a “tu-re-lu-re-lu” ostinato trades off in the inner parts. The third verse presents the melody in a three-part canon, and finally, anchored by a powerful 3-part women's texture reminiscent of Britten's “This Little Babe,” the fourth verse rises to a powerful and rafter-raising conclusion.