“Softly He Sleeps” begins with a lilting carol like melody written by Garth Williams. Once this is shared between the viola and piano, he then introduces “Whence Is Thy Goodly Fragrance” to the composition. Once introduced, he then combines both melodies together with a canonic interplay between the various melodies and parts. A very wonderful Christmas piece of music. The viola player is expected to be comfortable in the upper positions on the instrument.