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The Carols of Christmas

A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs
  • By Andrew Gant
$16.79
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From Oxford professor and renowned British composer, a joyous account of the history behind our favorite carols.

Everyone loves a carol--in the end, even Ebenezer Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of mid-winter mood, like the aroma of gingerbread or the twinkle of lights on a tree. It's a kind of magic.

But how did they get that magic? Andrew Gant--choirmaster, church musician, university professor, and writer--tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unraveling a captivating, and often surprising, tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys and choirboys. Readers get to delve into the history of such favorites as -Good King Wenceslas, - -Away in a Manger, - and -O, Tannenbaum, - discovering along the way how -Hark, the Herald Angels Sing- came to replace -Hark, how all the welkin' ring- and how Ralph Vaughan Williams applied the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth century American pilgrim to make -O Little Town of Bethlehem.-

A charming book that brims with anecdote, expert knowledge, and Christmas spirit, this is a fittingly joyous account of one of the best-loved musical traditions.

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  • Additional Details
    • SKU: 9780718031527
    • Manufacturer: Thomas Nelson Pub
    • Language of Text: English
    • ISBN 13: 9780718031527
    • Publication Date: 09/01/2015
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Andrew Gant
    • Page Count: 224
    • Width: 5.50 inches
    • Height: 0.80 inches
    • Length: 8.50 inches
    • Weight: 0.70 pounds
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