This wonderful carol melody is sung by the altos and is accompanied by an ostinato "motor" in the male voices. The soprano part moves independently and comments, so to speak, on themelodic happenings.
"My music is my own and I have never tried to be original. That has always been my motto and I have only tried to use music to express all the feelings which life has to offer. This has led people to describe my music as ‘so sad that it sounds like birds who have lost their wings‘ but also as ‘the happiest classical music that we have ever heard'. My compositions are almost all sacred. They express not only my own faith but also my appreciation and respect for the timeless texts that have been used for centuries and centuries."