Christmas (Baritone)


Christmas (Baritone)

Joel Snyder, bass-baritone
Jane Kozhevnikova, piano


Written by Jane K (Evgeniya Kozhevnikova) in 2020, Christmas is a setting of the text “Christmas Eve” by Christina Rossetti for voice and piano. The poem is a joyful message of the Christmas miracle, a celebration by nature and the earth of the Savior’s birth. The version for baritone and piano was premiered on December 21, 2020 by Joel Snyder (Kalamazoo, Michigan).

Christmas Eve
by Christina Rossetti

Christmas hath a darkness
Brighter than the blazing noon,
Christmas hath a chillness
Warmer than the heat of June.
Christmas hath a beauty
Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

Earth, strike up your music,
Birds that sing and bells that ring;
Heaven hath answering music
For all Angels soon to sing:
Earth, put on your whitest
Bridal robe of spotless snow:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus,
Brought for us so low.

Duration ca. 3’
For inquiries or performance reports, please email