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Carol of the bells

First line:
Hark how the bells, sweet silver bells
composer
1916; Shchedryk
arranger
author of text
1936

 
The origins of this popular carol lie in an old Ukrainian folk chant. Since it was set in 1919 by Mykola Leontovych, the tune has been heard in over 150 arrangements worldwide. Desmond Earley’s setting for choir and orchestra highlights its repeated four-note figure in the vibraphone’s introductory measures. This distinctive rhythmic pattern is maintained throughout the piece in order to depict Christmas bells as 'On, on they sound […] their joyful tone to every home' and 'Tell all the world Jesus is King'.

from notes by Máire Egan-Buffet © 2020

Recordings

Be all merry
Studio Master: SIGCD643Download only NEWStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Hyperion sampler - October 2020 Vol. 2
FREE DOWNLOADHYP202010BDownload-only sampler NEW

Details

Track 8 on HYP202010B [2'09] Download-only sampler NEW
Track 11 on SIGCD643 [2'09] Download only NEW

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