The First Nowell/Noel

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1. The first Nowell the angel did say,
was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay;
in fields where they lay keeping their sheep,
on a cold winter’s night that was so deep.

Nowell, Nowell, Nowell, Nowell,
born is the King of Israel.

2. For all to see there was a star
shining in the east, beyond them far,
and to the earth it gave great light,
and so it continued both day and night. [Refrain]

3. And by the light of that same star
the wise men came from country far;
to seek for a king was their intent,
and to follow the star wherever it went. [Refrain]

4. Then let us all with one accord
sing praises to our heavenly Lord
who hath made heaven and earth of naught,
and with His blood humankind hath bought. [Refrain]

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When choosing parts, remember that part 1 will normally contain the melody. For the harmony to be complete, you should also have at least one player on each of the parts, UNLESS you have chosen to include a keyboard instrument, which will contain the complete harmony. So possible combinations may be:

1. Solo instrument (part 1) + keyboard.
2. Solo instrument (part 1) + second player (either part 2, 3 or 4) + keyboard.
3. Instruments on all four parts (no keyboard).
4. Instruments on all four parts + keyboard.

Remember, you can build out very large combinations by doubling parts. For example, a symphony orchestra would look something like this:

Part 1: flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, violin.
Part 2: flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, violin.
Part 3: clarinet, bassoon, horn, trombone, viola.
Part 4: bassoon, bass clarinet, trombone, tuba, cello, double bass.

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