The Two Nowells
Op.77 no. 2
for Unison & two-part voices, piano or organ accompaniment
The Two Nowells (1999) is a revisitation (and arrangement) of The First Nowell, but with an added bimillennial gloss in the form of The Second Nowell. This time around, it is rich children (but poor in the spiritual sense) who are lying awake in over-excitement at the prospect of the digital delights and computer joys of their presents. Shocked by their greed, the angel reminds them that while one half of the world gobbles its goodies, the other begs for crumbs on the desert floor. In the last verse, old and new Nowells are brought more or less harmoniously together.