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Christmas carols : a history of our favourite Christmas carols from village green to church choir

Author: Andrew Gant
Publisher: London Profile Books, ©2016. 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
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Everyone loves a Christmas carol - in the end, even Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of midwinter mood, like the aroma of mince pies and mulled wine and the twinkle of lights on a tree. It's a kind of magic. But how did they get that magic? In Christmas Carols Andrew Gant tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unravelling a captivating - and often  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Gant
ISBN: 9781781253533 1781253536
OCLC Number: 968796954
Notes: Includes index.
First published in Great Britain in 2014.
Description: 247 pages : illustrations, music ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: Andrew Gant.

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Everyone loves a Christmas carol - in the end, even Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of midwinter mood, like the aroma of mince pies and mulled wine and the twinkle of lights on a tree. It's a kind of magic. But how did they get that magic? In Christmas Carols Andrew Gant tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unravelling a captivating - and often surprising - tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys, choirboys, monks and drunks. We delve into the history of such favourites as 'Good King Wenceslas', 'Away in a Manger' and 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', discovering along the way how 'Hark, the Herald angels sing' came to replace 'Hark, how all the welkin ring' and how Ralph Vaughan Williams bolted the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth-century American pilgrim to make 'O little town of Bethlehem'. Christmas Carols brims with anecdote, expert knowledge and Christmas spirit.

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Andrew Gant provides us with a fluent but flinty digest of the modern scholarship concerning 22 of our favourite seasonal songs. -- Kathryn Hughes * The Guardian * Gant's detective-story accounts of Read more...

 
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