Category Art

Feast of the Epipahny / Nun Seid Ihr Wohl Gerochen

Yesterday was the 12th Day of Christmas and it would have been the Feast of the Epiphany but most churches move the celebration to the next Sunday, (today). I’ve been posting my favorite Christmas carols to celebrate each of the 12 days (though I think I missed a couple). Today I’m not posting a carol, […]

Ich will dich mit fleiß bewahren

It is the 11th day of Christmas. I am marking the 12 Days of Christmas with my favorite carols. Today I go with a brief choral from J.S. Bach. Listen carefully, or it will be over before you know it. Translation (not mine) I will cherish You assiduously, I will live for You here, to […]

The Sussex Carol / On Christmas Night All Christians Sing

I’m posting Christmas carols in celebration of the 12 Days of Christmas. For the 9th day I’ve picked the Sussex Carol. Like many of the carols I’ve been posting this one too is an old folk carol that was preserved in country churches and then discovered and brought to the attention of the wider world […]

In the bleak midwinter

We are still in the 12 Days of Christmas and I am still posting Christmas carols to celebrate. Today’s carol is In the Bleak Midwinter, based on the 19th century poem by Christina Rossetti. There are two versions, the one above is the more popular one by Gustav Holst. There is another with more critical acclaim […]

The Basque Carol / Mary, Mother of God

I am celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas by sharing some of my favorite carols. Today is day eight of Christmas. It is also the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, so I thought I would put up a Mary-centered carol. This one is known as the Basque Carol. The tune of the Basque Carol […]

I wonder as I wander

I’m posting Christmas carols to celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas. Today I offer an American carol, I Wonder as I Wander. Folklorist John Jacob Niles describes how he discovered the tune: “I Wonder As I Wander’ grew out of three lines of music sung for me by a girl who called herself Annie Morgan. […]

Tu scendi dalle stelle

I’m posting  a Christmas Carol for each of the 12 days of Christmas. Since nobody does Christmas like the Italians, I offer Quanno nescette ninno, a Neapolitan song better known in the Italian version Tu scendi dalle stelle. (Neapolitan is a different dialect, what we call Italian is the dialect from Tuscany further north.) This version is […]