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Ding dong! merrily on high
composer
1588; Orchésographie, Langres
composer
harmonization
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Recordings
'Adeste fideles' (CDA66668)
Adeste fideles
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'Voces 8 Christmas' (SIGCD291)
Voces 8 Christmas
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Track 6 on SIGCD291 [1'35] Download only

Ding dong! merrily on high
The present setting of Ding dong! merrily on high is the well-known one with words by G R Woodward and a catchy sixteenth-century French tune harmonized by Charles Wood. The tune is taken from a dance manual called Orchésographie, published in Langres in 1588 by a canon named Jehan Tabourot, who used as a pseudonym the anagrammatic form, Thoinot Arbeau. In the book the dance is described as a ‘branle de l’official’—implying particular vibrancy and exuberance. Charles Wood (1866–1926) was a product of the Royal College of Music and studied composition with Sir Charles Villiers Stanford whom he succeeded as professor of music at Cambridge in 1924. Vaughan Williams was among his pupils. His best-known pieces are his anthems, which include O Thou the central Orb and Expectans expectavi.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

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