Saturday, December 20, 2003
Christmas Choral Music
In a comment below, Daniel asked me to talk about the music we're rehearsing. Since we're preparing for a Christmas Eve service, we're singing things like:
Now if only we can do the music justice....
- a "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" and a plainsong "Of the Father's Love Begotten"
- a few things from the Episcopal Hymnal 1982 (and elsewhere, of course) like "On This Day Earth Shall Ring" ("Ideo gloria in excelsis Deo!") and "In the Bleak Mid-winter"
- the typical, traditional Christmas hymns, e.g. "Angels We Have Heard on High," "Away in a Manger," "Hark! the Herald-angels Sing," etc
- the Sussex and Wexford carols, as well as "Once in Royal David's City" and "Jesus Christ the Apple Tree" (from The Oxford Book of Carols, thus lots of arrangements by David Willcocks)
- Hugo Distler's intertwining harmonization/arrangement of "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" (Augsburg Fortress)
- and a lovely Appalachian carol, "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" ("Have You Heard About Our Jesus?")
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