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Carol of the bells

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

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


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


Track 11 on SIGCD643 [2'09] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD643 track 11

Recording date
1 March 2020
Recording venue
Blackrock College, County Dublin, Ireland
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Hyperion sampler - October 2020 Vol. 2 (HYP202010B)
    Disc 1 Track 8
    Release date: October 2020
    Download-only sampler
  2. Be all merry (SIGCD643)
    Disc 1 Track 11
    Release date: October 2020
    Download only
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