The First Songs of Christmas and Other Gifts

I know it’s only September, but I get started on Christmas music early so people have time to prepare it before the holidays get in full swing.

First, we have a dual hymn arrangement sung to a Christmas tune with hymnbook words:

Lord We Ask Thee Ere We Part_Lord Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing (alt)

Next we have two vocal solos, set to the haunting tune of Faure’s “Pavanne”, one of my favorite pieces. There is a non-Christmas version set with the words of “Abide With Me, ‘Tis Eventide” and then the Christmas version, set with the words of “With Wondering Awe”.

Abide With Me, Tis Eventide (Pavanne)

With Wondering Awe (alt)

Finally, we have two more vocal solos. The first is set to plaintive melody of “Wayfaring Stranger”, with a bunch of other bell carols represented in the accompaniment. (See how many you can hear.) And then “The First Noel” set to a powerful Norwegian tune I first heard Sissel use.

I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day (Wayfaring Stranger) Solo

The First Noel



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