Xmas

What Child is This by William Chatterton Dix

What Child is This by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898) “What Child Is This?” is a popular Christmas carol written in 1865. At the age of twenty-nine, English writer William Chatterton Dix was struck with a sudden near-fatal illness and confined to bedrest for several months, during which he went into a deep depression. Yet out …

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The First Noel by Anonymous

The First Noel by Anonymous The First Nowell (also written The First Noël) is a traditional classical English carol, most likely from the 18th century, although possibly earlier. The word Noel comes from the French word Noël meaning “Birthday”, from the Latin word natalis “birthday”.

Deck The Halls by Anonymous

Deck The Halls by Anonymous “Deck the Halls” (original English title: “Deck the Hall”) is a traditional Yuletide and New Years’ carol. The “fa-la-la” refrains were probably originally played on the harp. The tune is Welsh dating back to the sixteenth century, and belongs to a winter carol, Nos Galan. In the eighteenth century Mozart …

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We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Anonymous

We Wish You A Merry Christmas by Anonymous “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is a popular secular sixteenth-century English carol from the West Country of England. The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition where wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve such as …

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Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber

Silent Night by Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863) Franz Xaver Gruber was an Austrian primary school teacher and church organist in the village of Arnsdorf. At the same time he was organist and choirmaster at St Nicholas Church in the neighboring village of Oberndorf bei Salzburg and then in later years moved on to Hallein, Salzburg.

O Come All Ye Faithful by John Francis Wade

O Come All Ye Faithful by John Francis Wade (1711-1786) John Francis Wade was an English hymnist. He is credited with writing and composing the hymn Adeste Fideles (also known as O Come All Ye Faithful).

Joy To The World by George Frideric Handel

Joy To The World by George Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) George Frideric Handel was a German-British Baroque composer, famous for his operas, oratorios, and concertos. Handel was born in Germany in the same year as Johann Sebastian Bach and Domenico Scarlatti. He received critical musical training in Italy before settling in London and becoming a naturalised …

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Hark The Herald Angels Sing by Felix Mendelssohn

Hark The Herald Angels Sing by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy was a German composer, pianist, organist and conductor of the early Romantic period. Mendelssohn’s work includes symphonies, concerti, oratorios, piano music and chamber music. His most-performed works include his Overture and incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the Italian Symphony, the Scottish …

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Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi

Christmas Time is Here by Vince Guaraldi (1928-1976) Vincent Anthony “Vince” Guaraldi was an Italian American jazz musician and pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements and for composing music for animated adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. Guaraldi was born in San Francisco, California, the son of a doting and devout Catholic mother, …

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