19. December 2017 · Comments Off on A New Melody … for me, anyway. · Categories: Christmas

(Side note: Why everything in the right sidebar is now italicized is a mystery to me. I can’t think of how or even when that happened, nor do I know where to fix it: even the things I see above that readers won’t see are italicized. Odd.)

Anyway, here is a new (old) melody to Away in the Manger

Away In a Manger (arr. Paul Trepte) Ely Cathedral Choir

17. December 2017 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Christmas, Sunday Morning Music

Matthew Oltman: Love Came Down at Christmas
CORO Vocal Artists; Matthew Oldtman, Conductor

16. December 2017 · Comments Off on Thanks, Nicholas Daniel! · Categories: Christmas, Oboe

From Nicholas Daniel (and thank, Nicholas, for your permission to post!):

Early Merry Christmas and seasonal glad tidings from my Trossingen class with some Philidor.

Nicholas Daniel (@ndanielmusic on Twitter)

The percussion section is wonderful! :-)

15. December 2017 · Comments Off on Bukkene Bruse · Categories: Christmas, Listen

Time again for Bukkene Bruse, don’t you think?

03. December 2017 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: Advent, Christmas, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

O Come, O Come Emmanuel, arr. Pentatonix
musica intima

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella & Patapan · Categories: Christmas

arr. by Stephen Paulus

Sea Chanters Chorus
conducted by Capt. Brian O. Walden
Guitar: Musician 1st Class Shawn Purcell
Harp: Chief Musician Emily Dickson

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Merry Christmas! · Categories: Christmas

Dale Trumbore: Glorious, Glorious
Harmonium Choral Society

text
from A Christmas Carol

No fog, no mist; clear, bright, jovial, stirring, cold;
cold, piping for the blood to dance to;
Golden sunlight; Heavenly sky; sweet fresh air; merry bells.
Oh, glorious. Glorious.

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.
Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.
A merry Christmas to everybody!
A happy New Year to all the world.

I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future!
The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me.
I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel.
Oh, glorious, glorious.

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.
Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.
A merry Christmas to everybody!
A happy New Year to all the world.

I will honour Christmas in my heart,
and try to keep it all the year.

Clash, clang, hammer; ding, dong, bell.
Bell, dong, ding; hammer, clang, clash.
A merry Christmas to everybody!
A happy New Year to all the world.

—Charles Dickens,
adapted by the composer

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on And You Will Sleep · Categories: Choral, Christmas

St. Olaf Choir, Anton Armstrong, Conductor
St. Olaf Choir Tour Home Concert, February 24, 2016
Boe Chapel, St. Olaf College

Text by Laurie F. Gauger
Music by Philip Biedenbender

Originally premiered at the 2015 St. Olaf Christmas Festival.

“The walls of a stable are not worthy of a king.

You come, little one, borne on the songs of angels,
The echoes of prophets,
And the light of a strange star.

Do not cry, though you must lie
On this rough, unforgiving wood.
You will be wrapped in lengths of linen,
And you will sleep.

Being found in human form,
He humbled himself,
Becoming obedient to death,
Yes, the death of the cross.

Though you must lie
On this rough, unforgiving wood.
You will be wrapped in lengths of linen,
And you will sleep.

These walls are not worthy of a king, little one,
But your kingdom is not of this world.”

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Christmas Day … and beyond … · Categories: Christmas

Mark Lowry: Mary, Did You Know?
Straight No Chaser

25. December 2016 · Comments Off on Current Listening · Categories: Christmas

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248
From the Herderkirche in Weimar, Germany
John Eliot Gardiner – conductor
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Soloists
Claron McFadden – soprano
Christoph Genz – tenor
Bernarda Fink – alto
Dietrich Henschel – bass
Katharine Fuge

Part One:

Part Two: