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Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-02-05 07:29 PM
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5. As a choir geek, I like the following:
1. O nata lux de lumine (O Light Born from Light) by Thomas Tallis

2. O Magnum Mysterium (O Great Mystery) in both the Tomas Luis de Victoria (Renaissance Spain) and Morten Lauridsen (modern California) settings

3. Bethlehem Down by Peter Warlock (early 20th century English)

"When he is king
We will give him the kings' gift
Myrrh for its sweetness and gold for a crown
Beautiful robes," said the young girl to Joseph
Fair with her firstborn on Bethlehem Down

Bethlehem Down is full of the starlight
Winds for the spices and stars for the gold
Mary for sleep and for lullaby music
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem fold

When he is king, they will clothe him in gravesheets
Myrrh for embalming and wood for a crown
He that lies now in the white arms of Mary
Sleeping so lightly on Bethlehem Down

Here he has peace and a short while for dreaming
Close huddled oxen to keep him from cold
Mary for love and for lullaby music
Songs of a shepherd by Bethlehem Fold

Here's an mp3 of an excerpt of a chlidren's choir singing it, although I think they're taking it too slow, and without the harmonies that we sang it with.

4. A Spotless Rose by Herbert Howells (mid -20th century English)

Can't find an mp3 of this one, but it's a favorite of choirs.

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  -What are your favorite lesser known/obscure/covered holiday songs/carols? tjdee  Dec-02-05 06:49 PM   #0 
  - Hipster's Holiday  eeyore   Dec-02-05 06:54 PM   #1 
  - a couple of my faves...  northzax   Dec-02-05 07:02 PM   #2 
  - Flaming Lips' "Christmas at the Zoo"  rucky   Dec-02-05 07:06 PM   #3 
  - Donny Hathaway  Lannes   Dec-02-05 07:11 PM   #4 
  - As a choir geek, I like the following:  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-02-05 07:29 PM   #5 
  - Lesser known ones  khashka   Dec-02-05 08:20 PM   #6 
  - Cocteau Twins ~ "Let it Snow"  djeseru   Dec-02-05 08:22 PM   #7 
  - An eclectic collection.  CBHagman   Dec-02-05 08:47 PM   #8 
  - I forgot about Shiloh--  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-02-05 11:11 PM   #10 
  - Domminick the Christmas Donkey and Joan Jett Lil Drummer Boy.  DanCa   Dec-02-05 08:48 PM   #9 
  - The Pretenders' "2000 Miles" is one of my favorites...  njdemocrat106   Dec-02-05 11:20 PM   #11 
  - several - a wide variety  bertha katzenengel   Dec-02-05 11:21 PM   #12 
  - What a lovely poem  Lydia Leftcoast   Dec-03-05 01:39 PM   #14 
  - "Christmas Time in Hollis" by Run DMC  drhilarius   Dec-02-05 11:23 PM   #13 
  - Santa P & The Elves Experience  Horus45   Dec-03-05 01:48 PM   #15 
  - various medieval and Renaissance Carols  tigereye   Dec-03-05 01:53 PM   #16 
  - Thanks everyone!  tjdee   Dec-03-05 02:00 PM   #17 
  - Masters In This Hall!!!!!!  lildreamer316   Dec-03-05 06:48 PM   #25 
  - "Kissing by the Mistletoe" - Aretha Franklin  u4ic   Dec-03-05 02:07 PM   #18 
  - I like Jan Peerce's cover of 'Noel Nouvelet' ........n/t  Pool Hall Ace   Dec-03-05 02:28 PM   #19 
  - ramones "merry christmas, i don't want to fight tonight"  ucmike   Dec-03-05 03:29 PM   #20 
  - p.s. ramones cover of "what a wonderful world"  ucmike   Dec-03-05 03:30 PM   #21 
  - The Only Law That Santa Claus Understood  taterguy   Dec-03-05 04:48 PM   #22 
  - The Kinks  DiverDave   Dec-03-05 06:27 PM   #23 
  - Brave Combo  proud2Blib   Dec-03-05 06:33 PM   #24 

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