An Advent carols countdown : stories behind the most beloved music of Christmas

by Young, Michael, 1984-

Format: Print Book 2022
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Carnegie Library of McKeesport Nonfiction 781.723 Y86
Location  Carnegie Library of McKeesport
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  781.723 Y86
Get in the Christmas spirit with this unique collection of the most beloved Christmas carols, from the warmly nostalgic to the majestically solemn and uplifting. The book features one carol for each day from December first to Christmas Eve, and presents both the lyrics and the fascinating stories and interesting facts behind the creation of the songs. Each entry deepens our understanding of the music and enhances our appreciation of why these songs are culturally important and dearly treasured.

From popular, familiar carols to lesser known but cherished hymns, author Michael D. Young combines his musical expertise with information specific to each song.

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" was written by an American preacher, Philip Brooks, after traveling to Bethlehem in 1868 to find peace after the horrors of the Civil War and assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Brooks's original poem, with one largely unknown final verse, is included along with the lyrics of the beloved carol.

"In the Bleak Midwinter" was voted the best Christmas carol by a BBC survey of experts, but the song was actually created from a poem by Christina Rosetti and did not become a carol until decades after her death when it was paired with music by Gustav Holst. Today, Rosetti is considered one of the most important poets of the nineteenth century, and the carol she unintentionally penned is one of the most haunting and beloved of all time.

An Advent Carols Countdown is a beautiful gift book for the whole family to enjoy along with the music of the holidays. Each entry also features a QR code that will link to an audio or video performance of the carol performed by the choir most associated with Christmas, the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir.
Additional Information
Subjects Christmas music -- History and criticism.
Carols -- History and criticism.
Advent calendars.
Carol texts.
Hymn texts.
Publisher [Salt Lake City] :Shadow Mountain Publishing,2022
Language English
Notes Includes the text of 24 Christmas carols with historical commentary arranged as an Advent calendar.
Includes QR codes that enable the user to watch performances of the carols.
Description x, 106 pages ; 20 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781639930470
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