Day 8: A Carillon Christmas

A dispatch from the Department of What the Actual H-E Double Hockeysticks Is Happening Right Now.

Merry Christmas from 1958! The bassa nova was just invented! Pope Pius XII declared Saint Clare the patron saint of television! And apparently everyone was deaf.

The problem is not the playing – my abiding love for super lounge cheese is well documented – but the tempering.

The carillon is untempered, meaning the intervals between each of the notes are not even like they are on a piano. We’re talking microtones of difference here, but if you want to play in more than one key, nothing illustrates how much this matters more than this record. C major, for example, works a treat. Ab is a total disaster. And that’s before you add the orchestra.

Really, though, how did this record even happen. And, more to the point, who did they think would buy it?

Should you wish to skip through – feel no shame – a list of stopping off points and details about what you are supposed to be hearing are below.

0:00 White Christmas
2:30 Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town
5:30 Medley: I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day / Carol Of The Bells / Joy To The World
8:53 Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
11:37 Jingle Bells
14:24 Ave Maria
17:13 Silver Bells
20:05 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
22:16 Medley: Christ Was Born On Christmas Day / Angels We Have Heard On High
25:01 Frosty The Snowman
27:31 Winter Wonderland
30:04 Gesu Bambino

Listen to the whole OM Advent 2014 playlist here.

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