Thursday, 17 December 2009

O Come....

a short walk again this morning as it was so cold and with the wind chill, it was absolutely freezing. Couple that with a few flurries of snow blowing at us, it wasn't too pleasant. So, having collected a few sprigs of holly from the hedgerows for our Christmas table centre-piece, we turned for home again and a hot cup of coffee.
another carol today and an interesting one it is too.
The origins of O Come all Ye Faithful, are ancient indeed. The Latin text upon which it is based is probably of the 13th Century, but in it's present form it is from the pen of one English Hymnist, John Francis Wade and dates to around the mid 18th Century. The hymn tune is known as 'Adeste Fideles' but the arrangement we hear today is from Sir David Willcocks and involves harmonised organ accompaniment and various descant harmonization to make it an elaborate hymn.

As I am typing this out at about 12:45pm, the skies have darkened and the snow begun to fall turning a cold day into a white-out. Yippee! I love it.
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