Musical Advent Calendar 2018

And we are back!  This year’s musical Advent Calendar is divided into five themes, mostly because I fell down a Rorate rabbit hole on day one, and the next thing I knew, it was Rorate all the way.  Which is an improvement on jingle all the way, if you ask me.  Hopefully this exploration of how different composers have approached similar themes will be as interesting to you as it is to me!

Drop Down, Ye Heavens, From Above

December 1 – Rorate Caeli, by Josef Zebrowski

December 2 – Rorate Caeli, by Francisco Guerrero

December 3 – Rorate Caeli, by Jacob Handl (also Byrd, Palestrina)

December 4 – Rorate Caeli, by Josef Rheinberger

December 5 – Rorate Caeli, by Judith Weir (also Nestor)

Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord

December 6 – Prepare ye the way of the Lord, by Michael Wise

December 7 – Comfort ye / Ev’ry Valley, by George Frederick Handel

December 8 – Vox clamantis in deserto, by Bartolomeo Tromboncino (also de Wert)

December 9 – Prepare ye the way of the Lord, by John-Michael Tebelak (also O Come O Come Emmanuel)

December 10 – The Record of John, by Orlando Gibbons

A Virtuous Rose Up-Springing

December 11 – Det är en ros utsprungen, by Praetorius and Sandström

December 12 – Virga Jesse, by Anton Bruckner

December 13 – Den yndigste rose er funden, by Josef Klug and Ole Faurschou

December 14 – There is no rose of such virtue, Trad, sung by Chanticleer (also versions by Britten, Joubert, Mediaeval Baebes, Sting)

December 15 – There is no rose of such virtue, by Elizabeth Maconchy

Lullay, Lulla, Lullaby

December 16 – I saw a Maiden, Trad. Basque

December 17 – Lullay myn lyking, by Philip Lawson

December 18 – Coventry Carol, Anonymous (also Lullay, Lullow from the Ritson manuscript)

December 19 – O Little One Sweet and Schlafe, Mein Liebster, both by J.S. Bach

December 20 – The Lamb, by John Tavener

Glad Tidings Of Great Joy

December 21 – Behold, I bring you glad tidings, by Orlando Gibbons

December 22 – Jauchzet! Frohlocket!, by J.S. Bach

December 23 – Behold, I bring you glad tidings, by Henry Purcell

December 24 – Quem Vidistis Pastores, by Francis Poulenc

December 25 – In Dulce Jubilo, arranged by Willcocks; Hark the Herald Angels Sing, by Mendelssohn; The Holly and the Ivy, arranged by Davies; Joy to the World, arranged by Rutter; and the Oratorio de Noël, by Camille Saint-Saëns

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