Tag: christmas carols

Day 18: O, du Fröliche

On the left, Diana Damrau. On the right, Anatol from Bochum who will come to your house or senior’s home and play his accordion. Today marks two years since Miss Mussel arrived in the Deutschland. Where has the time gone?…

Day 16: Silent Night

For chorus masters everywhere, who have probably had enough conversations like this to make them reconsider the value of continued existence. Miss Mussel and the

Day 7: Huron Carol

Canada’s contribution to the carol canon: The Huron Carol | The Elora Festival Singers Listen to the whole OM Advent 2014 playlist here.

Day 4: Es wird scho glei dumpa

Bad Tolz, from whence hails the Tölzer Knabenchor is a small town in deepest Bavaria, about 15 km from the Austrian border. If you want to indulge all your timber-housed mountain fantasies about Germany, this is place. Pilgrimage site, spa…

Day 3: Sans Day Carol

I think I’ve posted these guys every year, but they’re so charming I can’t help myself. These gents from the Holman Climax Male Voice Choir are singing the 19th century Cornish carol with the last verse in Cornish. Bless. Hear…

Christmas Carols: Regional Edition

A little bit of Canada (Huron Carol) and Australia (The Three Drovers) If you’ve got a favourite from your neck of the woods, do share it in the comments. Non-English carols welcome.

Lo! How A Rose E’er Blooming

It’s Gaudete Sunday, which is to say the third Sunday in Advent or 14 shopping days left. Miss Mussel’s first port of call for all things Christmas music is the cassock and surplice brigade. This year, for some reason, they…

Willcocksapalooza

Although the title of this post seems wrong from almost every angle and presumably in every light, it seems to really capture the essence of this, the penultimate, advent posting. Sir David Willcocks’ arrangements of many carols are simply my…

The Final Three

We are now coming to the end of our aural Advent Calender, I have tried to show some good, some bad, some pop, some classical and whatever else came to me in various moments of Christmas inspiration. As you have…

In Dulci Jubilo

It has become a tradition here on the OM to post the complete Mass for Christmas Morning by Michael Praetorius on….uh…Christmas morning. Technically, it’s not all his composition but rather Paul McCreesh’s recreation of a Christmas morning church service in…

So, how’s YOUR Polish Part II

That’s right ladies and gentlemen “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” is originally a Polish carol, also originally WITHOUT Kenny G, or whoever that was. I think baby Jesus would sleep better without the soprano sax, and so would I. The original…

Like it or lump it

I would now like to draw your attention to O Holy Night. I don’t feel I need to go through all the hullabaloo of explaining to everyone the origins etc… If you do not know this carol you clearly live…

Ah, the French

What can one really say about this 17th-Century French Carol? It is simply beautiful. Here are two versions, with two very different budgets. Left: Random Swedish Choir | Right: You Know Who For this carol I think it is clear…

1st Sunday Of Advent

For the last two years Miss Mussel has posted an Aural Advent Calendar. Instead of a chocolate each day, you get a new video of a Christmas song/carol. It’s certainly better for your waistline and, considering the percentage wax in…

Day 11: Charlie Brown Christmas

Charlie Brown, you’re the only person I know who can take a wonderful season like Christmas and turn it into a problem. Maybe Lucy’s right. Of all the Charlie Browns in the world, you’re the Charlie Brownest. – Linus Of…

Day 10: In The Bleak Midwinter

Today’s Advent treat was nearly a bit of Kenny and Dolly but seeing as we’ve had snow two days in a row here at OM Headquarters, it seemed the perfect time to get all dramatic about it and offer In…

Day 9: Winter Wonderland

Theory peeps – HELP! What is going on with the harmony at the beginning of this song? Has Pat Boone gone all atonal? Polytonal? Did the engraver just miss an accidental in the parts? Gah! Winter Wonderland was written in…

Day 8: The Three Drovers

We’re off to Oz today for The Three Drovers, a carol written in 1948 by John Wheeler and William G. James. Since there were no suitable videos about, Miss Mussel dove and took a stab at making one herself. Drovers…

Day 7: Sussex Carol

We’ve been to King’s College Cambridge quite a lot in this calendar, so today, we go 125 miles west across the Midlands to Worcester Cathedral in…uh…Worcester — also known as the place the unpronounceable sauce comes from. The church was…

Day 6: Jesus Christ The Apple Tree

1. The tree of life my soul hath seen, Laden with fruit and always green: The trees of nature fruitless be Compared with Christ the apple tree. 2. His beauty doth all things excel: By faith I know, but ne’er…