The March of the Three Kings (SATB) : Sheet Music
- Add To Basket
Instant Download from mryantaylor, digital version
Words by M Ryan Taylor (after La Marche des Rois Mages)
Arranged by M Ryan Taylor
The March of the Three Kings (or La Marche des Rois Mages) is a wonderful traditional tune that has been popular with composers for a long time. Several famous pieces incorporate the 13th century tune. Why hasnt it become a Christmas singing tradition in English speaking countries? Largely, I think, because there hasnt been a great, singable translation of the original French words. That is one reason why I first decided to tackle my own translation, which really turned into an original lyrical text back in 2004. I have subtitled this song a Christmas fantasy because the events described almost certainly did not happen the way they do in this song, but its great fun!
I used this translation in my childrens Christmas songbook, O Sing a Song of Bethlehem, and then again when I arranged the piece for The Utah Premiere Brass and Timpanogos Chorale (performed at their Christmas concert in 2005).
This version of The March of the Three Kings is sung acappella in an ABA form. This could be sung by a seasoned group of carolers or an acappella choir (who would shun the thought of singing all three verses the same each time). It is offered in e and g minor, both keys in one file.
I hope you enjoy one of my all-time favorite carols. Ex amore victoria!
The March of the Three Kings
by M Ryan Taylor
Copyright © 2004 M Ryan Taylor
based loosely on La Marche des Rois Mages
sung to the traditional tune
Dawn breaks forth, arising in the east.
A mighty host of heros marches hither.
Dawn breaks forth, they come from out the east,
their armor glinting with the rising sun.
A page boys leads with his trumpet bold,
he sounds a note and my heart is filled with wonder.
What brings this fierce host to Bethlehem?
We seek the Savior of the race of men!
Three great kings have led us by that star
you see it brightly though the sun has risen!
Three great kings have led us by that star,
come join our ranks and see this holy child!
The host moves on bearing chests of gold.
I see the kings with a body guard of paladins.
My heart cries out, You must go with them,
and find the Savior of the race of men!
Street by street we pass each rich abode
and each new door holds hope and expectation.
Street by street and looking to the star
we come at last to where its light shines down.
The Son of God lays upon the hay.
The Son of God laid within a lowly stable.
Three kings bow low, here in Bethlehem,
before the Savior of the race of men!
More Files From This User
- Unto us a Child is Born! : Sheet Music
- Christ Rising Again by William Byrd : Sheet Music
- Away in a Manger for 2-Part Choir and Flute : Sheet Music
- An Opera Suite for Tuba and Piano : Sheet Music
- Messiah Solos Transcribed for Tuba : Sheet Music
The Choral Challenge: Practical Paths To Solving Problems - Michael Kemp
When Kemp gets it right, as he so often does, his observations are simply invaluable Michael Kemp’s book, The Choral Challenge, is a tremen......
San Francisco Choral Artists - Star Of Wonder . Mp3
Artist: San Francisco Choral Artists Album: Star of Wonder Label: Reference Recordings UPC: 030911102128
Royal Choral Society - Exclusive Christmas Hits . Mp3
Artist: Royal Choral Society Album: Exclusive Christmas Hits Label: Ludoxx UPC: 4050215034365
The Pias Peasants Choral Group - Portugal Pias Peasants Choral Groups (the): Pias - Traditional Music . Mp3
Artist: The Pias Peasants Choral Group Album: Portugal Pias Peasants Choral Groups (The): Pias - Traditional Music Label: CNM UPC: 5603395001789
Choral Arts Philadelphia & Matthew C. Glandorf - Choral Music Of David Ludwig . Mp3
Artist: Choral Arts Philadelphia & Matthew C. Glandorf Album: Choral Music of David Ludwig Label: Choral Arts Philadelphia UPC: 884501849487
Altrincham Choral Society & Nigel Ogden - Season's Greetings . Mp3
Artist: Altrincham Choral Society & Nigel Ogden Album: Season's Greetings Label: Avid Records UPC: 669910940501
Choral Arts Society Of Japan Missionary College - Christian Choir . Mp3
Artist: Choral Arts Society of Japan Missionary College Album: Christian Choir Label: VINTAGE MASTERS INC. UPC: 886788768901
Mp3 Kyiv Chamber Choir - E.stankovych. Liturgy Of St.john Chrysostom
Liturgy in which the canonical Word and Rite appear as the spiritual prop and support of the tragically destabilized world. Composer E.Stankovych got Interna......