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Sweet was the song the virgin sang 'Lute-book lullaby'

from the collections of William Ballet
author of text

This was originally a solo song with lute accompaniment—one of a whole collection of them compiled in the early seventeenth century by the lutenist William Ballet, hence the title. Lullabies for the Christ child had become a popular form since the appearance of an especially lovely example by Byrd in 1588. The choral transcription by Geoffrey Shaw was made in the 1920s for The Oxford Book of Carols.

from notes by Collegium Records © 1987


Christmas Night
CSCD526Download only


Track 15 on CSCD526 [2'05] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CSCD526 track 15

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 15
    Release date: November 2020
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