Choral / Vocal Music

  • Saint Nicolas: A Cantata, op 42

    Music by Benjamin Britten
    Text by Eric Crozier

    Boosey & Hawkes 16469, 1948

    Overview of Cantata with complete audio files
    Selected Text with audio files
    Complete Audio from London
    Program Notes from six venues
    Britten’s dramatic cantata is full of wonder. It even directly involves the participation of the audience!
    —Steven Karidoyanes

  • The True Saint Nicolas

    Music and text by Ruth Kenward & Martin Neill
    Starshine Music Ltd, 2018
    Cantata for Children's Choir, SATB Choir & Piano

    The 20 minute cantata presents the children's quest to discover the true identity of Santa Claus. The adults lead them through a series of tales about miraculous events attributed to Saint Nicolas. The children then recognize a link between the generosity of Santa Claus and the character of the true Saint Nicolas.

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  • Carol of Saint Nicholas

    Medieval carol melody
    Arranged by David Cox

    Oxford Choral Songs,

    Words adapted from a 15th century carol

    Complete text

  • Hymn to St Nicholas

    Sticheron from Vespers for the Feast of St Nicholas, Trisagion (Slavonic, Greek)
    Composed by Ivan Moody

    Vanderbeek & Imrie Ltd, 2009

  • Apolytikion of Saint Nicholas

    John Tavener
    Chester Music, 1997
    Scored for unaccompanied SATB chorus
    Full performance about 1 1/2 minutes

    Strict rule of faith, and image of meekness, of self-discipline a teacher,
    You revealed to your flock the things of truth:
    For this you acquired the highest humility, the richest poverty.
    Holy Father Nicholas, pray to Christ God to save our souls.

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  • Nicholas, Holy Hierarch

    Steven Karidoyanes, text: Monks of New Skete Monastery
    Pilgrim Press, 1998

    Anthem for SATB; text: Troparia and Kondakia

    Score and audio

  • Sancte, Sancte Nicolas

    Arranged by Marina Alexander
    Marina Alexander, 2008, 2009
    Latin text of “Sancte, Sancte Nicolas” from Lancing College, Sussex
    For SATB chorus, with piano and optional string parts

  • St. Nicholas Day in the Morning

    Two-part song, music by Easthope Martin, arranged by Henry Geehl, words by Helen Taylor
    Copyright © 1938, Enoch & Sons Ltd, available from Music Sales Limited, Music Sales Group,

    This is the way it begins—

    Saint Nicholas comes in the wild winter weather,
    (Heigh ho! the frost and the snow)
    Holly and mistletoe shining together,
    Never a rose on a tree.

    Children come hither, we’re all merry making,
    Gifts from St. Nicholas here for the taking,
    Oh, what a welcome has he,
    Oh, what a welcome has he . . . .

  • Le Miracle de Saint Nicolas

    Joseph-Guy Ropartz (1864-1955)
    MARCO POLO 8.223774 or NAXOS CD 8.555656,
    Choeur Régional Vittoria d’Ile de France
    Orchestre Symphonique et Lyrique de Nancy

    The Nicolas legend in two parts with 16 tableaux

  • Sint-Nicolaas Cantate

    Music by Bernard Zweers; Text by Al L. de Rop
    CD 1999 SNG Nederland [private issue],

    Fun orchestra and choir spectacular in operetta style

  • St Nicholas Mass / Missa Sancti Nicolai

    Music by Modest Mussorgsky, arranged by Philip Lane
    SHEET MUSIC: St Nicholas Mass: Missa Sancti Nicolai (C7709)
    Oxford University Press, 1990

    Premiere Litanie a la Vierge d’Ostra Brama, Stanislaw Moniuszko
    for mezzo-soprano and baritone soloists, semi-chorus of boys’ or girls’ voices, mixed chorus, and orchestra

    A hybrid mass arranged by Phillip Lane from opera choruses by Modest Mussorgsky

  • Triodion

    Music by Arvo Pärt
    Naxos 8.570239 (2006),
    Triodion Music by Arvo Pärt Ode III Holy Nicholas, Pray unto God for Us
    Elora Festival Singers
    Recorded at St. John Chrysostom Church, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

    Ode III is a setting of the traditional Orthodox troparion to St. Nicholas. The troparion was chosen as the work was commissioned by Lancing College for the 150th anniversary of its founding; St. Nicholas is the patron saint of Lancing College and Benjamin Britten composed his cantata Saint Nicolas for the college centenary.

  • Myrizon: Storie del Santo Nicola

    Music by Vincenzo, text by Stefania Gianfrancesco
    igressione Music DCTT73, 2017
    Sebastiano Giotta, tenor; Vincenzo Cicchelli, piano, Antonio Minelli, narrator

    The story of St Nicholas sung and told in thirty parts.

  • The St. Nicholas Waltz

    By Milton Carson, recorded on Decca by Lita Roza
    John Fields Music Co. Ltd., London, 1953, 1953
    Distributed by Allan & Co. Pty. Ltd., Australia

  • St. Nicholas Song [English version]

    Music arranged by Karsten Gundermann
    English text by Bob Chilcott

    Oxford University Press Digital, 2006

    English adaptation of traditional German song, Lasst Uns Froh und Munter Sein, popular all over Germany
    Sheet music for SSA

    Available from J. W. Pepper and sheetmusicplus