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Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by canaveralgumby on 22 December 2008 5:39pm
I really like "Oh Holy Night." I like the modulation in it. Okay I'm not a musician but I think that's the word I'm looking for.

Does the "Peanuts" theme count? Because that's really my favorite. It's not Christmas without Peanuts.
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by kazzzz on 23 December 2008 7:31am
Nor the Sound of Music!!! It's on telly here every Xmas day.
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by kazzzz on 23 December 2008 12:58pm
Ohhhhhhhhhhh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful.

AArgh it's still in my head!
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by bIG bLOGGER on 23 December 2008 3:18pm
..When we finally kiss Goodnight
How I'll hate going out in the storm:
But if you will hold me tight
Then all the way home I'll be warm.....

Oh the weather outside is frightful...(!!..aggghhhh!!)
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by TERRY S on 24 December 2008 12:49am
Finally heard Troika this season. Classic FM! Aren't they great!
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by geordiegirl on 24 December 2008 12:18pm
Any favourite at Christmas, I reckon, Cori. Enjoy.

(BTW, Not A Lot Of People Know This, the guy who wrote the music for 'Oh Holy Night' wrote the ballet music for the Giselle ballet. Probably not a lot of people want to know that, come to think)
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by mrsthing on 25 December 2008 7:10pm
I've had "Merry Christmas, little (someone's name), Merry Christmas, everyone" going through my head for weeks. That's all of the song I could remember. I finally googled it, and found out it's a John Denver song. It's to his son, Zachary. It was torture not knowing. I can't find a recording of it. Maybe that's for the best.

Cori, I think you mean how "O Holy Night" goes from major to minor and back to major again. Yes, it's very stirring. The words are beautiful, too.

And that's interesting to know about Adolphe Adam. Thanks, gg!
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by geordiegirl on 28 December 2008 4:01pm
Oh, Judy, talking of key-changes, can';t resist telling you this. Just heard a radio programme about Puccini. Antonio Pappano, the conductor at the Royal Opera House, Covent garden, contributed. He described the love duet (which you will know) and the ways it so vividly depicts sexual passion: climbing from key to key (?major I think, here). Conductors always singalong with their singers to give some unconscious encouragement, so to hear this marvellous musician grunting and groaning along with the passion in the music was quite hilarious.
Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by mrsthing on 29 December 2008 1:29am
I don't know much about opera, but I love Puccini. I'll look it up.

Anyone for a last Christmas song? I sang this in church today--a solo arrangement. I gave myself a 9.5 for artistic impression but a 6.5 for technical merit. Back to the lessons! It's an old religious text, but it's in Latin. So what? Just listen to the music--it's absolutely gorgeous, and it spins in the ether like chant used to. This is a choral arrangement sung a capella by the Robert Shaw Chorale. No video, just Lauridsen's head shot. It's about 5 minutes long, I think.

Re: Favourite Christmas Carol? by geordiegirl on 30 December 2008 1:03pm
Trust my sometimes breathless approach to miss things out -: the love duet in question was from 'Madame Butterfly'.

I can't access you-tube but Ibet you were good in your solo!
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