Sacred Christmas music : the stories behind the most beloved songs of devotion

by Clancy, Ronald M., 1944-

Format: Print Book 2008
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Oakmont Carnegie Library Non-Fiction 781.72 CL
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Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  781.72 CL
Take a musical journey in time--from the dawn of the Church's liturgical song through the Baroque's great choral and instrumental works to representative pieces of the 20th century. This is the sacred tradition of Christmas music, explored here in a stunningly illustrated book and a magnificent CD. It covers vocal and instrumental pieces from a variety of national and historical periods and styles, all of which have earned a place in the canon of great musical masterpieces. Not only will musicians and non-musicians alike find this an easily accessible guide, but they'll feast on a sumptuous gallery of thematically and historically corresponding full-color art (including a 14th century manuscript illumination and a nativity scene by Fra Angelico), and revel in some of the best recordings of the music ever made. There's rich, interesting background on every work, from Latin hymns and liturgical chants to Bach's cantatas to contemporary carols. The CD includes the Vienna Boys' Choir performing "Anima Nostra"; Arcangelo Corelli's "Christmas Concerto"; The Trappist Monks of the Abbey of Our Lady of Gethsemani singing Gregorian Chants; excerpts from Handel's "Messiah"; and the beloved "Silent Night."
No other collection brings together all these elements in such an aesthetically pleasing and educational way.


Christmas and winter celebrations
The early years of western music
Latin hymns
Liturgical chant and notation
Polyphony and secular music
The advent of carols
Keyboard instruments
The Reformation
Church acceptance of polyphony
Baroque fulfillment
Bach and Handel
The classical era
Sacred music endures
The music program. CD contents: Hört zu ihr lieben Leute
Veni, Emmanuel (O come, o come Emmanuel)
Jesu, joy of man's desiring (Jesu, bleibet mein freude)
Concerto grosso in G minor, op. 6/8
O magnum mysterium
Gradual: Tecum principium
Messiah: For unto us a child is born
Alleluia: Dominus dixit
Offertory: Anima nostra
Panis angelicus
Messiah: Hallelujah chorus
The Lord's prayer
Hodie Christus natus est
Silent night (Stille nacht, heilige nacht).

Additional Information
Subjects Christmas music -- History and criticism.
Christmas music.
Publisher New York : Lewes :Sterling ;2008
GMC Distribution [distributor],
Language English
Notes Accompanying disc contains previously released recordings by various artists of some of the songs discussed in the text.
Description 112 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm + 1 audio disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 106-109) and indexes.
ISBN 9781402758119
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