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The linden tree carol

First line:
There stood in heaven a linden tree
Old German tune
author of text
from Heinrich Laufenberg’s Geistliche Lieder, c1420
translator of text

No December would be complete without the work of George Ratcliffe Woodward, sometime scholar of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He wrote and arranged the texts of several popular carols—most famously, Ding, dong, merrily on high. The linden tree carol combines one of Woodward’s less familiar translations with an old German melody arranged by Reginald Jacques, conductor of London’s Bach Choir from 1931 until 1960 and editor, with Sir David Willcocks, of the first volume (1961) of the popular Carols for Choirs series. The composition has alternating verses in four- and three-part harmony; in the three-part settings, the melody is transferred to the tenor. Jacques’s harmonisation hints at Renaissance practices, with particularly obvious references to the Mixolydian mode in the three-part verses.

from notes by Martin Ennis © 2020


100 Years of Nine Lessons & Carols
Studio Master: KGS0033-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Advent Live, Vol. 2
Studio Master: SIGCD661Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 2 on KGS0033-D CD1 [3'04] Download only
Track 18 on SIGCD661 [1'53] Download only

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