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A New Year Carol

First line:
Here we bring new water from the well so clear
composer
1936; from Friday Afternoons
author of text

 
Like Lully, lulla, this simple, timeless jewel was one of its composer’s juvenilia. It comes from his Friday Afternoons (1936), a collection of twelve children’s songs which takes its title from the weekly slot once customarily given to class singing in the English school system. The symbolism of the folk text has been much discussed. It may relate to the Welsh custom of bringing fresh spring water with evergreen sprigs as a New Year gift. ‘Levy dew’ is probably a corruption of ‘Levez Dieu’, a reference to the elevation of the Host at the Eucharist. The ‘seven bright gold wires’ could be the seven candles (i.e. churches) and ‘the bugles that do shine’ the trumpets of the Apocalypse, two images from the Book of Revelation.

from notes by John Rutter © 2003

Recordings

Adeste fideles
Studio Master: SIGCD460Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album
CSCD512Download only

Details

Track 19 on CSCD512 [2'15] Download only
Track 17 on SIGCD460 [2'06] Download only

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