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The cherry tree carol

First line:
Joseph was an old man
author of text

The cherry tree carol is heard in an arrangement by Stephen Cleobury, a former Organ Student of St John’s, but best-known today as Director of Music at King’s College, Cambridge. The melody, of traditional English provenance, is extremely simple, and has as often been arranged by popular singers—Joan Baez is a notable example—as by church musicians. Here, Cleobury clothes it with entirely diatonic harmony; textural changes, melodic decoration and imitation provide variety.

from notes by Martin Ennis © 2018


Advent Live, Vol. 1
SIGCD535Download only
Christmas Night
CSCD526Download only


Track 8 on CSCD526 [1'48] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD535 [2'45] Download only

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