On Christmas Day album

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Enjoy the Holidays All Year Long!!

 

What the world has been waiting for: a fife & drum Christmas recording! Includes many of the classic holiday favorites with an MCV twist.

You may now purchase music scores (Fife or Flute arrangements) from this album!

 

Selections

  1. THE HOLLY AND THE IVY/ DING DONG MERRILY ON HIGH
  2. MASTERS IN THIS HALL
  3. BOAR’S HEAD CAROL
  4. LO! HOW A ROSE E’RE BLOOMING
  5. THREE FRENCH CAROLS
  6. CAROL OF THE BELLS
  7. LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE
  8. O COME O COME EMMANUEL
  9. MARCH OF THE KINGS
  10. FIRST NOEL
  11. I SAW THREE SHIPS / AWAY IN A MANGER / GOOD KING WENCESLAS
  12. IL EST NE / GOOD CHRISTIAN MEN REJOICE / BRING A TORCH
  13. COVENTRY CAROL
  14. PATAPAN
  15. AS WITH GLADNESS MEN OF OLD / THE BELLMAN¹S SONG
  1. O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM / IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR
  2. ADESTE FIDELES / HARK THE HERALD ANGELS SING
  3. O HOLY NIGHT
  4. GREENSLEEVES
  5. WE THREE KINGS / ANGELS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH
  6. RIU RIU CHIU
  7. WEXFORD CAROL
  8. O FILII ET FILIAE
  9. GAUDETE!
  10. RORATE COELITE DE SUPER!
  11. GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN / JOY TO THE WORLD
  12. VON HIMMEL HOCH DA KOMN
  13. SILENT NIGHT
  14. WE WISH YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS

Track Samples

Belli HolidayMP3 (268 KB)The Holly and the Ivy / Holly’s a Smart Ilex / Ding Dong Merrily on High / Ives Swapping.
The Holly and the Ivy is found in many old collections, and appears in broadsides as early as 1710. Our source, The Oxford Book of Carols (OBC) (Dearmer, Williams, Shaw; Oxford University Press, 1928) suggests it was originally sung and danced simultaneously; the Holly representing the masculine elements and the Ivy the feminine elements of the story. Ding Dong Merrily on High is a traditional French melody. Holly’s a Smart Ilex Quartet: Sarah MacConduibh, Devon Schudy, Jane Law, Paul Joseph (bass fife).Fife Arrangement: John Ciaglia
Drum Arrangement: James Martin Clark
De ProfundisMP3 (300 KB)De profundis / Il est Ne, le Divin Enfant / Good Christian Men Rejoice / Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella / Ad profundis
Often set to Psalm 129, the ancient melody De Profundis is our introduction. Il est Né, le Divin Enfant is based on the traditional melody. Good Christian Men Rejoice is set to a 14th century German melody. Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella is a seventeenth century French carol.Fife Arrangement: John Ciaglia
Drum Score: James Martin Clark
PatapanMP3 (300 KB)While the melody has been attributed to Bernard de Monnoye (1641-1728), the lyrics so appropriate to our instrumentation are derived from a traditional Burgundian Christmas carol. ‘Willie, bring your little drum / Robin, bring your fife and come / And be merry while you play / Tu-re-lu-re-lu, Pat-a-pat-a-pan / Come be merry while you play / Let us make our Christmas gay! / When the men of olden days, to the King of Kings gave praise, on the fife and drum did play/ Tu-re-lu-re-lu, Pat-a-pat-a-pan / On the fife and drum did play / So their hearts were glad and gay! / God and man today become more in tune than fife and drum / So be merry while you play / Tu-re-lu-re-lu, Pat-a-pat-a-pan / So be merry while you play / Sing and dance this Christmas day!’Full Arrangement: James Martin Clark We Wish You a Merry ChristmasMP3 (260 KB)Theme / Hornpipe / Minor (An Excess of Eggnog?) / Saltarello / Intemperate Inversion / Choral. Based on the traditional tune, these trifles came to the arranger in a single sitting, their birth eased by two good bottles of Dolcetto. The fifers had to settle for fine single malt while delivering this one!Fife Arrangement: John Ciaglia

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