What's your favourite Christman Carol?

08cbinns

Member
Its that time of year again people. Concerts everywhere, carolling on the streets. We've had to grin nd' bear these songs out of the 'red book', so whats your favourite christmas carol?
 

ian perks

Active Member
Coventry Carol
Just something in the music which sends a tingle down my spine each time i hear it.
Come to think of it
Coventry Variations made a great test piece in 2004 1st Section Area:clap:
 

towse1972

Active Member
Coventry Carol is my traditional favourite. I played a fantastic arrangement by Andy Baker a few week ago. Very nice Andy (again).
My all time Christmas carol is O come, O come Emmanuel. I love it. It's featured in The Kingdom Triumphant by Eric Ball (I think!). What a fantastic Christmas opener.
 

Hells Bones

Active Member
Since moving to Wales, I'm kinda starting to prefer some of the Welsh ones...

O Deued pob Cristion
Hwiangerdd Mair
Carol y Seren
Suo Gan (Not really a carol but you get the idea)
 

michellegarbutt

Supporting Member
Sweet Chiming Christmas Bells

Just been out today and judging by the amount of money going in the boxes at any one time, the public seem to like "on a Starry Night" and "Calypso Carol". But really anything with a lively beat. They put very little in when we play slow carols
 

Aussie Tuba

Member
Praise Ye The Lord no. 66 in Red carol book
it's good to play something a little challenging after all those easy carols
 

WoodenFlugel

Moderator
Staff member
Coventry Carol is lovely, but I have to say the version in the red books and the green books before that doesn't really do the carol justice. I seem to remember it should be in a different time signature than 3/4 (9/8?) and there is definitely a time change for a bar midway though. To stick it into waltz time kind of messes up the beauty of the writing IMO.

For me Who Is He (or as we say around these parts "oo isE") is just gorgeous, but again the version in the old green books was better with a euph part to die for.

There are several - we often go "off piste" when numbers and players ability allow and we often get surprised at how good some of the lesser known carols are. But we are en-debited to the SA for producing such flaming good books to play out of. Today we had a very mixed group of players - always unbalanced as we were light on cornets but with a but of sensible part allocation the group always sounded great, whether it was four players or ten.
 

Morghoven

Member
Coventry Carol is lovely, but I have to say the version in the red books and the green books before that doesn't really do the carol justice. I seem to remember it should be in a different time signature than 3/4 (9/8?) and there is definitely a time change for a bar midway though. To stick it into waltz time kind of messes up the beauty of the writing IMO.

I've got a copy of Coventry Carol here marked as "original tune of 1591" and it doesn't have a time signature! Bar lengths are two, three or four (minim) beats at various places. Interestingly it only has three (rather than four) parts and includes a delicious F sharp against F natural clash three bars before the end.

The evened out three in a bar, four part version is certainly newer but still of some fair vintage by now. I can't say I'd want to see anyone waltz to it, it would be like watching 'Strictly' in super-slow motion...!

All that said, I do rather like it. And 'In the bleak midwinter' as well. And plenty of others. I don't think I could possibly settle on a favourite!!
 

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