Sir Christemas

Work details

TitleSir Christemas
ForcesUnaccompanied SATB choir, tenor solo and semi-chorus
TextRichard Smerte
PublisherUniversal Edition

The text to “Sir Christemas” (believed to have been written by Richard Smerte in the late 15th century) is a festive and jolly poem, encouraging us to “Buvez bien, buvez bien par toute la compagnie” (transl.: Drink up, drink up, with all the company) whilst reminding us of the true purpose of Christmas.

It seemed only appropriate that an equally jolly work was written to accompany the text, while paying homage to the original words written by Smerte. This composition, like many of Joshua’s other works, combines medieval-like harmonies with a more contemporary style.