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The linden tree carol

First line:
There stood in heaven a linden tree
composer
Old German tune
arranger
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

Recordings

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

Details

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

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD661 track 18

Artists
ISRC
GB-LLH-20-66118
Duration
1'53
Recording date
25 November 2018
Recording venue
St John's College Chapel, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. Advent Live, Vol. 2 (SIGCD661)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: November 2020
    Download only
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