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ADVENT 2017 IS HERE!!!
Although there were both avoidable and unavoidable delays, we are happy to say that Advent 2017 is officially released and available for streaming, purchase, or download!
Please see our "Music Links" section for all listening and purchasing options for this and all of our other EPs...or just click HERE!
About Advent 2017
Advent 2017 is our fifth Advent EP!
If the theme of last year’s EP was, generally, Peace, this year’s is Joy. In creating Advent 2017, I wanted to focus more on having fun and less on nitpicky details. As a perfectionist and music nerd, it is easy for me to get entangled in such details, or even worse, to become paralyzed by them. With all of the real darkness and important issues in the world, I made a conscious choice to not get stuck by less important things while trying to create music for the Advent season.
What does this mean for the EP? Well, track 1, “As With Gladness Men of Old,” is, technically, an Epiphany hymn…which means not only is it not an Advent hymn, it’s not even truly a Christmas hymn! It was even composed on the day of Epiphany (its composer, William Chatterton Dix, was recovering from illness). Plus, it was originally in 4/4 time, but I arranged it as 3/4, simply because I thought it was fun.
While track 2, “Puer natus in Bethlehem,” is at least legitimately a Christmas hymn, it is usually much longer and a bit more gently didactic. I chose the verses I liked best, the ones that moved the story forward. Plus, while there are many versions, it’s often heard as a simple Gregorian chant, sung by monks. You may have noticed that I am not a monk. I also put harmonies in my arrangement, while trying to still capture the soothing peace of Gregorian Chant.
Track 3, “Personent Hodie,” is a very old Christmas hymn, but interestingly enough, its text seems to be modeled by (and possibly a parody of) an even older hymn dedicated to St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6th. Also, it is very fun to sing because of the repeated syllables in the refrain sections. There are many text/language arrangements of this piece as well, but I enjoyed singing the full Latin version.
“Good King Wenceslas,” track 4, upset critics when it was first published (composed by John Mason Neale with Thomas Helmore) because the melody used was originally the tune of an old Springtime hymn. The story told takes place on the Feast of Stephen, which is December 26th. Also, it is about a Duke who was posthumously given the title of King, because of his many good works. It is, and has been for a long time, one of my very favorite songs of the Christmas Season.
All of this to say, none of these are definitively Advent hymns. But, I liked singing them, and I do think that they embody well the four Advent themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love. I hope you enjoy these arrangements!
Thanks very much for stopping by my little corner of the internet! May you have a joyful and blessed Holiday Season, and happy and fruitful New Year!
Advent 2016 - Still Available! :)
We love the season of Advent, and for the fourth year in a row we've created four arrangements of Advent/Christmas music, one for each Sunday of Advent. We arranged four relatively old carols - most date from around the 15th-17th centuries. Two are in Latin and two are in English. We hoped to evoke a sense of mystery, wonder, and peace with each carol, and we hope each one can transport the listener and lend a sense of timelessness. We truly hope you enjoy our arrangements, and that you find hope and a light in the darkness this Advent season and every season. :)
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**Below are the YouTube videos for all four of our tracks:
Let All That Are To Mirth Inclined, Song of the Nuns of Chester, Ecce Quod Natura, and At the Nativity.