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Walking In The Air — Boys Air Choir

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December 31, 2014

There've been lots of cover versions of this but few of them as good as the Boys Air Choir and if you've never seen "The Snowman" or would like to see it again yes I have embedded the full film below. Enjoy :-).

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Christopher Tye (±1505 – 1573): While shepherds watched

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December 29, 2014

The lyrics to this greatly loved carol are a paraphrase of Luke 2:8-14 by Nahum Tate an Anglo-Irish playwright and poet who spent most of his life in England. The tune –"Winchester Old" is a common-meter psalm tune arranged by George Kirbye from Tye's Acts of the Apostles which was published in Este's The Whole Book of Psalmes in 1592. In his day Tye – whose strong protestant leanings coupled with superb musical talent earned him the post of music tutor to Edward VI was famous and highly influential. Not many of his works have survived but those that have are well worth listening to. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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O Magnum Mysterium – Ola Gjeilo – Sofia Vokalensemble, Sergej Bolkhovets violin

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December 27, 2014

Yesterday I posted Byrd's setting of this well-loved Christmas text. Modern composers continue to set it so  today let us enjoy Ola Gjeilo's atmospheric and powerfully beautiful setting sung below by the Sofia Vokalensemble, the violin solos were taken by Sergej Bolkhovets. Enjoy :-).

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): O magnum misterium

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December 26, 2014

William Byrd captioned 150x220px O magnum misterium is Byrd's SATB setting of this much-loved text. He published it in the 1607 Gradualia, it's a lovely piece of music in which he conveys his sense of awe and wonder at The Nativity. In the performance below the Cambridge Singers have included Beata Virgo, which although it's a separate motet, followed O magnum misterium  immediately in the liturgy and so was often treated as part of the same piece of music. As with O magnum misterium Byrd wrote very simple and tender music to express the feelings caused by the text amongst the English Catholic community in Elizabethan England. Enjoy :-) .

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Puer natus est nobis

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December 25, 2014

Puer natus est nobis
Et filius datus est nobis
Cuius imperium super humerum eius
Et vocabitur nomen eius
Magni consilii Angelus

Cantate Domino canticum novum
Quia mirabilia fecit

Gloria Patri, et Filio, et Spiritui Sancto
Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper,
in secula seculorum. Amen. 
 
Introit for the Mass of Christmas Day

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