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The holly and the ivy

composer
traditional French melody
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author of text
English traditional

 
It was in the small market town of Chipping Campden, in Gloucestershire, that Cecil Sharp (1859–1924) collected the tune and most of the words of The holly and the ivy, both of which are traditional. In the terms of fertility symbolism the dichotomy of holly and ivy parallels that of man and woman. Sir Walford Davies (1869–1941) was in turn organist of the Temple Church in London, professor of music in the University of Wales and organist of St George’s Chapel, Windsor, where he had served his apprenticeship as chorister and, later, pupil teacher. In 1934 he became Master of the King’s Musick in succession to Sir Edward Elgar. His compositions include the famous Solemn Melody and the RAF March Past.

from notes by Wadham Sutton 1993

Recordings

Christmas with St John's
SIGCD458Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Christmas carols from Village Green to Church Choir
SIGCD387Download only
Favourite Carols from King's
Studio Master: KGS0007Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0001Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album
CSCD512Download only
The Carols Album
Studio Master: SIGCD108Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 2 on SIGCD458 [2'54] Download only 28 October 2016 Release
Track 15 on CDA66668 [3'23]
Track 1 on CSCD512 [2'53] Download only
Track 21 on KGS0001 CD1 [3'09] Download only
Track 9 on KGS0007 [2'48] Download only
Track 16 on SIGCD108 [2'33] Download only
Track 4 on SIGCD387 [3'09] Download only

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