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Galliard Carols for Christmas, 32


Edited by June Boyce-Tillman, Bernard Braley and Allen Percival

Covering several centuries, 32 Galliard Carols for Christmas, contains not only such favourites as Silent Night and We wish you a merry Christmas, but also newer carols including Carol for Christingle, written by Fred Pratt Green for Norwich Cathedral and The Wassail of Figgy Duff — “traditional words and music invented by Michael Flanders”.

Most of the arrangements are made so that the carols may be sung with keyboard or guitar, by solo voices or groups of any vocal combination; many have optional parts for instruments, singing descants or vocal backing for a soloist. The arrangers hope that performers will return to the old practice of adding instruments to voices, which was common in all carolling until the beginning of the 20th century: percussion instruments can be added with good effect to many carols, emphasising their dancing origin.

[M = Music; W = Words]

Angel Gabriel (W: Sabine Baring Gould)
Carol for Christingle (W: Fred Pratt Green)
Christmas Candle (W: Donald Swann)
Down in yon forest (M: arr. R Vaughan Williams)
Fum, Fum, Fum! (W: Bernard Braley)
God’s own Son (W: Fred Pratt Green; M: Allen Percival)
In the bleak midwinter (W: Christina Rossetti; M: Harold Darke)
Longfellow’s Carol (W: H W Longfellow; M: Allen Percival)
Lord of the Dance (WM: Sydney Carter)
Mary had a boy-child
Mistletoe Carol (W: Fred Pratt Green)
Noël de Thevet (W: E Bliss Reed; M: arr. D Stanley Smith)
Noel, raise the roof (W: Bernard Braley)
Nowell, sing we
O Christmas Tree (W: Bernard Braley)
Rejoice and be merry
Resonet in laudibus (W: Bernard Braley)
Rocking Carol (W: Margaret Tausky)
Silent Night (W: Joseph Mohr; M: Franz Grüber)
Song and Dance (W: Michael Hewlett; M: John Maynard)
Song to the Christmas Tree (W: Bernard Braley; M: Edvard Grieg)
Standing in the Rain (WM: Sydney Carter)
Susanni (W: Marie Chatterley)
There is no rose
There was a pig
This endris night
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day
Wassail of Figgy Duff (WM: Michael Flanders)
Wassail Song (M: arr. R Vaughan Williams)
We wish you a merry Christmas
What tidings bringest thou?
Wind through the olive trees

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