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Lone Spring Arts: 12 Carols of Christmas

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Title: 12 Carols of Christmas

The 12 Carols of Christmas The Lone Spring Arts Carolers have come to your home, singing the world's most beloved Christmas Carols. We are your neighbors, we are your friends; and we are happy to present these Carols in the purest, simplest way. We hope this music warms your home and comforts your heart, bringing you hours of Christmas joy. Why we created The 12 Carols of Christmas: Robert Emery has been writing the Christmas Concert for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for several years. In his constant search for new music to present, he listens to many Christmas music CDs from many sources. And a pattern began to emerge. The vast number of Christmas CDs available today seem to have one thing in common: only half of the songs on each CD are recognizable as traditional Christmas music. The other half of each CD seems to be obscure music that the Artist wants to "introduce" to the listener. And then Robert began to wonder: where is the Christmas CD that contains the 12 songs I want to hear, presented in a straight-forward way, sung by Christmas Carolers? Where is the Christmas CD that contains the songs I want to hear (and none that I don't)? It was nowhere to be found. So, the good people at Lone Spring Arts decided to create it themselves. We created a spreadsheet listing all of the songs contained on currently published Christmas CDs. We entered 3,400 individual song listings from 170 separate Christmas CDs. Then, we asked the computer to count the 12 most popular songs (the 12 most frequently recorded). The results were not terribly surprising. But it was heart breaking to read what ranked just below the 12 most popular: Lo! How a Rose, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, In Dulci Jubilo, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, etc. So, we decided to include them, in an abbreviated form. Our friend, Milo Deering, created guitar "fantasies" to honor the beautiful songs that didn't make it into the "Top 12." And those songs that did make it into the "Top 12" are the very best, indeed. A Brief History of Christmas Carols and Christmas Caroling: Christmas Caroling is an oral tradition that has been passed from generation to generation. It's exact origins are unknown. Latin Nativity carols first appeared four to five hundred years after the birth of Christ. They began as folk songs and were indelibly associated with Christmas by the 13th century, when Francis of Assisi introduced carols into the formal worship service of the church during a Christmas Midnight Mass. There was a time when night watchmen passed their time by singing carols. Passersby might give them a treat in return. Friends and families formed small choirs to carol from house to house during the Middle Ages. Their singing would draw people out to listen and enjoy the music. Coins or cakes might be given to the singers, so it was also a way for town folk to earn their Christmas gifts by \'singing for their supper.\' Though not always welcomed by churches or governments during the Reformation, carols and caroling endured. Christian immigrants from Europe brought their rich caroling traditions with them to the New World. Today, caroling is an important part of our Christmas season. Caroling is a social and spiritual event that brings people together for hours of cheer. Carolers visit the homes of friends and neighbors, and often include hospitals and retirement communities in their routes. It\'s impossible to know exactly where Christmas Carols or Christmas Caroling originated. However, we do know this: Christmas Caroling can be one of the most joyous experiences of the holiday season. Lone Spring Arts wants you to experience the sweet joy of having Christmas Carolers come to your door. Here we are! The 12 Carols of Christmas Deck the Hall Old Welsh Air C.C. Birchard & Co. 1917 \'Deck the Hall\' is a traditional Yuletide and New Years' carol. The "fa-la-la" refrains were probably originally played on the harp. In the eighteenth century Mozart used the tune to "Deck the Hall" for a violin and piano duet. The English words generally sung today are American in origin and date from the 19th century, but the original lyrics are Welsh. This fanfare is our way of saying, "Hello neighbor! Merry Christmas!" Our Caroling Party has come to your home to share the joy of the season with you. Enjoy! O Come, All Ye Faithful from the Catholic Youth's Hymn Book O'Shea & Co. 1885 Englishman John Francis Wade is credited with the words and collaborated with John Reading to give the hymn a melody and published it around 1751. It became a popular church hymn a century later when Frederick Oakeley translated it into English from Latin. Our entire Caroling group invites you to join us for our Celebration in Song: The 12 Carols of Christmas. James Franklin leads the Lone Spring Arts Vocal Artists in a route through the neighborhood as we sing for our neighbors and friends. Oh come, all ye faithful, and share this time with us as we sing out our happiness. Join us in our Caroling party. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel! From the English Hymnal Oxford University Press 1907 Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming from Christmas Carols New and Old Novello, Ewer & Co. 1871 \'O Come, O Come Emmanuel\' was originally written in Latin text in the 12th Century. The author of the words and composer to the music is unknown. It is believed that the melody was of French origin and added to the text a hundred years later. The Latin was translated into English by John Mason Neale in 1851. \'Lo! How a Rose E'er Blooming\' was originally published in 1582 (or 1588) in Gebetbuchlein des Frater Conradus, this 19-stanza Catholic hymn's focus was Mary, who is compared to the mystical rose praised in the Song of Solomon 2:1: "I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys." The hymn is believed to have originated in Trier, and one source stated that on one Christmas Eve, a monk in Trier found a blooming rose while walking in the woods. He placed the rose in a vase, and placed it before the alter to the Virgin Mary. Some sources indicate the hymn might date back into the 14th Century. By 1609, however, the Protestant's had adopted the hymn, and changed it's focus from Mary to Jesus (citing Isaiah 11:1). According to Keyte and Parrott, in medieval iconography, the tree of Jesse is often depicted as a rose plant. They also note that it's unclear whether Ros' (rose) or Reis (branch) was the original reading of line 1. The revision first appeared in Michael Praetorius' Musae Sioniae in 1609. Praetorius is occasionally mistaken as the author. We especially enjoyed performing this famous "Chant." Our singers float on air as they invoke the Holy Spirit to be present among us for this celebration of song. Joy To The World! By George F. Handel Hope Publishing Co. 1922 \'Joy To The World\' is different from many in that it contains overt Christian imagery (Joy to the World, The Lord is come / Let earth receive her King). It's lyrics originated in the Old Testament as published in Isaac Watt\'s 1719 translation of the Psalms of David, but it was American composer Lowell Mason who crafted the melody in the 19th century. \'Tomorrow Shall Be my Dancing Day\' was first published in 1833 but is far older than that. Scholars believe it dates back to the medieval Cornish mystery plays presented during the Christmas season. The tune is lovely but it\'s the imagery of man as the true and eternally wooed love of Christ that makes this carol special. \'Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day\' ranked number 21 in our list of the 12 most popular Christmas Carols of all time. However, it's joyous spirit compelled us to couple it with the #7-ranked song: \' Joy To The World.\' Together, they are the perfect compliment to each other. What Child Is This? from Christmas Carols New and Old Novello, Ewer & Co. 1871 The Coventry Carol from Christmas Carols New and Old Novello, Ewer & Co. 1871 \'What Child Is This?\' is a popular Christmas carol that was written in 1865. At the age of twenty-nine, writer

1.1 Deck the Hall
1.2 O Come, All Ye Faithful
1.3 O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
1.4 Joy to the World!
1.5 What Child Is This?
1.6 O Little Town of Bethlehem
1.7 Jingle Bells
1.8 Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
1.9 The First Noel
1.10 Away in a Manger
1.11 Angels We Have Heard on High
1.12 Silent Night

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