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Be all merry

First line:
To bliss God bring us all and some
author of text
15-century English

This setting by the Cork composer Eoghan Desmond was commissioned in 2018. A distinctive feature of its fifteenth-century macaronic text is the combination of English and Latin lines in six rhyming quatrains. In the final line of the concluding rhyming couplet, the opening words of another carol are heard: 'Christe redemptor omnium'. The English and Latin words are often heard simultaneously as the choral texture is enriched while the solo violin soars ever higher above the singers’ expressions of joy in celebration of the Christmas message.

from notes by Máire Egan-Buffet © 2020


Be all merry
Studio Master: SIGCD643Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on SIGCD643 [3'20] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD643 track 2

Recording date
1 March 2020
Recording venue
Blackrock College, County Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Be all merry (SIGCD643)
    Disc 1 Track 2
    Release date: October 2020
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