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Carol of the bells

First line:
Hark! How the bells, sweet silver bells
1916; Shchedryk
author of text

Mykola Leontovych made an arrangement of the Ukrainian folk song Shchedryk, which became widely known from the early 1920s through the Ukrainian National Chorus’s concert tours in Europe and the Americas. The original words told of a swallow that visits a household and proclaims the fruitful year to come. The American teacher and conductor Peter J Wilhousky, reminded of Christmas bells, wrote new verses to the music, and it is this version, published in 1936, that has gained enduring popularity.

from notes by John Heighway © 2019


Christmas at St George's Windsor
Studio Master: CDA68281Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Christmas Classics
CDHLL7504Download only
The King's Singers Christmas Songbook
Studio Master: SIGCD459Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 14 on CDA68281 [1'20]
Track 8 on CDHLL7504 [2'59] Download only
Track 5 on SIGCD459 [2'43] Download only

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