The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs
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The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs  -     By: Andrew Gant

The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs

Thomas Nelson / 2015 / Hardcover

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From Oxford professor and British composer Gant comes a joyous account of the history behind your favorite Christmas carols. Brimming with anecdotes, expert knowledge, lyrics, and music for 20 songs, this fascinating book delves into the tales of "Good King Wenceslas," "Away in a Manger," "O Tannenbaum," "Angels from the Realms of Glory," and more. 224 pages, hardcover from Nelson.

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Title: The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs
By: Andrew Gant
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 13 ounces
ISBN: 0718031520
ISBN-13: 9780718031527
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From Oxford professor and renowned British composer, a joyous account of the history behind our favorite carols.

Everyone loves a carol—in the end, even Ebenezer Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of mid-winter mood, like the aroma of gingerbread or the twinkle of lights on a tree. It’s a kind of magic.

But how did they get that magic? Andrew Gant—choirmaster, church musician, university professor, and writer—tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unraveling a captivating, and often surprising, tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys and choirboys. Readers get to delve into the history of such favorites as "Good King Wenceslas," "Away in a Manger," and "O, Tannenbaum," discovering along the way how "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" came to replace "Hark, how all the welkin’ ring" and how Ralph Vaughan Williams applied 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."

A charming book that brims with anecdote, expert knowledge, and Christmas spirit, this is a fittingly joyous account of one of the best-loved musical traditions.

 

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