Posts Tagged ‘ Christmas Music ’

Sunday Concert: Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský ( 1881 – 1958 ) : Missa pastoralis " Alma nox" – Live recording

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December 21, 2014

Two weeks ago I briefly discussed the Eastern European tradition of the Missa pastoralis – Christmas Mass. The tradition is alive and well as this modern example of the genre shows us – it's a charming piece and I was quite taken with it. I can't give you any information about the composer Mikuláš Schneider-Trnavský other than that which you'll find on this Wikipedia page. Indeed until I started hunting down some of the Christmas Masses to be found on YouTubec I'd never even heard of him. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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American Boychoir School Training Choir Christmas Concert at Christ Church

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December 20, 2014

The American Boychoir runs a School Training Choir where boys learn how to sing choral music to the remarkably high standards of the ABC. As part of that training they give public concerts – this one is their Christmas Concert given on December 2nd, 2012 at Christ Church in New Brunswick, New Jersey. As you might expect it features superb singing and is most enjoyable.

mfi

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Maria Durch Ein Dornwald Ging: Christopher Wren Singers

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December 17, 2014

This beautiful old German carol is one that I never can resist. It's of Thuringian origin and is known to have been sung there from the early 1400s on. (Although it's probably quite a bit older). The melody is very simple while the text recount recount a Christmas miracle. Of how Mary was passing through a forest which contained a thicket of rose bushes that hadn't bloomed for seven years. As she passed by clasping the Infant Jesus to her breast the rose bushes burst into flower. This is very typical medieval symbolism designed to be easily understood by congregations in what was an a peasant and pre-literate society. The image of the rose was very popular in medieval poetry and carols as an image of purity and grace while the barren thorn-wood represents the world fallen into sin and awaiting redemption. So the miraculous flowering of the roses would have been understood by people in the 1400s and earlier as proving both Mary's love for her child and the redemption being brought to the world by Christ. Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

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All hail to the days (Drive the cold winter away)

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December 13, 2014

From about 1600 a carol to "Drive the cold winter away). Well it is getting to be that time of year. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly: Entre le bœuf et l’âne gris

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December 30, 2013

This charming 13th Century Carol is – so far as I know, the oldest French carol still sung today. It's performed below by the Petits Chanteurs de Sainte-Croix de Neuilly under their director François Polgár. Enjoy :-)

markfromireland

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