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Walton, Paul: Descants are for Life (FULL MUSIC EDITION)

Walton, Paul: Descants are for Life (FULL MUSIC EDITION)

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Descants are for life, not just for Christmas.

This collection of 140 original descants by Paul Walton brings some of that festive fizz to the rest of the year, giving uplift to hymns suitable for other significant celebrations such as Advent, Easter, Ascension, and Trinity, as well as popular hymns for weddings and civic occasions.

The descants have been collected over more than 30 years, written for a range of services and broadcasts.

Most arrangements are descants for trebles or sopranos; some include alternative harmonies for the rest of the choir to join in. 15 hymns have more than one descant arrangement.

The arrangements are also a useful resource for organists for last verse accompaniments as much as they are for descants.

First Lines Index

Tunes Index 

These indices include a selection of audio and visual samples.



This is the Full Music Edition. It contains all 140 descants, complete with full harmony and organ part.

Other Editions available:

A Choir Edition, containing all 140 descants, but without the organ part, is available here.

A Lower Voice Edition, containing those descants which include sung harmony, is available here.

A Digital Download, enabling the purchaser to print off copies as required by them or their institution, is available here. 


Other Music Scores available from Quries and Places:

For The Last Verse, by Paul Walton, a collection of 160 arrangements of hymn tunes, by Paul Walton.

Also available as a Digital Download.

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