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Published in the autumn of 1857 under the title ‘One Horse Open Sleigh’, James Lord Pierpont’s Jingle bells was originally intended for the Thanksgiving season, but was quickly hijacked for December festivities by revellers. Since a horse-drawn sleigh in snow makes almost no noise, in the New England winter season it was common to adorn horse harnesses with straps bearing bells as a way to avoid collisions at blind intersections. The rhythm of the tune mimics the trotting horse’s bells, though Gordon Langford sometimes takes a little liberty with the standard pulse, adding a little sherry to the festive metre.

from notes by Owain Park © 2019

Recordings

Christmas
CDA68299 1 November 2019 Release
Joy to the World
Studio Master: SIGCD268Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The King's Singers Christmas Presence
Studio Master: SIGCD497Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
What sweeter music
SIGCD182Download only
Yulefest!
Studio Master: CDA68087Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 21 on CDA68299 [1'51] 1 November 2019 Release
Track 1 on CDA68087 [2'25]
Track 1 on SIGCD182 [2'35] Download only
Track 17 on SIGCD268 [1'30] Download only
Track 17 on SIGCD497 [1'39] Download only

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