Thursday, 24 December 2009

Merry Christmas

A couple of carols to lull us all into a false sense of security before the big day tomorrow. Firstly, O Little Town of Bethlehem, a carol written by Episcopal priest, Phillips Brooks in about 1868 and set to music by organist, Lewis Redner. The tune we sing most often - and that which is heard here is by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who seems to have had a hand in many of our favourite carols.

Lastly, a beautiful, quiet carol know by all. Silent Night was originally written in German by Austrian priest Father Josef Mohr and the melody was composed by the Austrian headmaster Franz Xaver Gruber. The English translation which we hear in this version from King's College Choir was published in 1859.

At the time of writing this, my mother is still unfortunately languishing in hospital, unable as yet to walk well enough to be let out. Lets hope she is home again by tomorrow - wouldn't want her to miss out on the sprouts!
So, here's wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.
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