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Christmas night

First line:
Softly through the winter's darkness shines a light
16th century
author of text

Arbeau’s Orchésographie of 1588 is a French treatise on dancing containing a number of attractive tunes, one of which (the Branle de l’official) has become universally popular as the carol Ding dong! merrily on high. The melody of Christmas night (the Branle de Poitou in Arbeau's treatise) has also been used in Peter Warlock's Capriol Suite for string orchestra. The words were specially written for this melody.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1987


Christmas Night
CSCD526Download only


Track 3 on CSCD526 [4'00] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD526 track 3

Recording date
1 January 1987
Recording venue
Great Hall, University College School, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Jillian White
Recording engineer
Campbell Hughes
Hyperion usage
  1. Christmas Night (CSCD526)
    Disc 1 Track 3
    Release date: November 2020
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