Sound Investment – Christmas Music

All Through The NightMusic Score, Recording

AlleluiaMusic Score, Recording

Ave MariaMusic Score, Recording (All parts), Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass

Boar’s Head CarolMusic Score, Lyrics, Lyrics from Doug Lee, Sound Investment, Boar’s Head and Virgin Mary Lyrics

Carol of the BellsMusic Score, Recording (All parts), Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass

Coventry CarolMusic Score and Lyrics, Recording, YouTube (Washington Mens Camarata)

Do You Hear What I Hear Music Score, Lyrics, All Voices, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass

Feliz Navidad Tom Gentry – Music Score, Recording

Five Appalachian Carols – Arranged for Octet and Chorus, Provided by Bob Ferrell, As sung by the Bowdoin Meddiebempsters – Five Appalachian Carols – music score, As sung by the Bowdoin Meddiebempsters

1 – Wassail, Wassail
2 – I Wonder as I Wander
3 – Jesus, Lay Your Head
4 – Hey! The Holly Ho! The Heather Carol Voices Join Together
5 – Recessional Carol: Silent Night (at 8:18)
Choral postlude: Les Anges dans nos Campagnes (at 11:40)

Irish BlessingMusic Score, Lyrics, All Voices (The Ritz), Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass

Jesus Jesus Rest Your HeadMusic Score, Recording, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass

Jingle Bells Medley / Jingle Bell RockMusic Score, Recording, YouTube

Little Saint NickMusic Score, All Voices, Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass, Video (SI 2020)

The Secret of ChristmasMusic Score, Lyrics, All Voices (Vocal Majority), Tenor 1, Tenor 2, Baritone, Bass

The Virgin Mary had a baby boyMusic Score, Lyrics, Lyrics from Doug Lee, Sound Investment recording

 

COVENTRY CAROL NOTES – After the extensive workout Julia put us through, I (Tingey) arrived home beat to a frazzle. But, since my great……..great grandfather, Henry Sewall, was mayor of Coventry England around 1600 and a member of the guild of “drapers” (linen merchants), I was too curious (a disease caught from Linus) about the Coventry Carol’s origins. (See note below.) So thanks to the internet, I was able to do some research, including finding a copy of the early manuscript from 1651 (originally scored as a female trio) and heard it sung on YouTube by the Renaissance Music Project. Here is the link:

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCddui4IAYqvlFJaeKX7PfiQ

Indeed, Julia was “dead on”! The so-called “Picardy third” (a surprise sharping of the third in a triad moving from a minor or modal notation to major….or “happy” ending) terminates EACH of the verses in this early score…..including the one about Herod.

Also, the lyric in our arrangement is confirmed by the original. Seems some of us, including yours truly, sang well-meaning, but “doctored”, versions in both notation and lyrics years ago.

It is nice to know that Julia is not only an accomplished musician, but knowledgeable in musicology as well.

(Note: The Coventry Carol was traditionally performed in Coventry in England as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. The carol is the second of three songs included in the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, a nativity play that was one of the Coventry Mystery Plays, originally performed by the city’s guilds. The play depicts the Christmas story from chapter two in the Gospel of Matthew: the carol itself refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod ordered all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed, and takes the form of a last lullaby sung by mothers of the doomed children.
The music contains a well-known example of a Picardy third. The author is unknown; the oldest known text was written down by Robert Croo in 1534, and the oldest known setting of the melody dates from 1591.)

Tingey


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