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Cappeau felt it should be accompanied by music, so approached his friend Adolphe Charles Adams. During the Christmas truce of during World War I, the carol was sung simultaneously by English and German troops.
In the Bleak Mid-Winter — Gustav Holst version Based on a poem by the English poet Christina Rossetti, this carol was written sometime before in response to a magazine request for a Christmas poem. But which one should you choose? The Herald Angels Sing With lyrics written by Charles Wesley, and set to a tune by Mendelssohn , this carol was always going to be one of the most recognisable and popular ones on the list. The music for the hymn was composed in such a way that both the English and Latin words can be used interchangeably.
Coventry Carol This carol can be traced all the way back to 16th-century England. The most common musical setting was adapted from an English melody in by Arthur Sullivan. The carol was set to music a year later by organist H. J Gauntlett. The words, dreamed up by English writer Isaac Watts, are based on the second half of Psalm 98 in the Bible. You can just feel the merriness pouring out of it.
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen One of the oldest Christmas carols on the list, this dates back to at least the 16th century, possibly earlier. Away in a Manger This late 19th-century carol is hugely popular with children. The melody was originally composed in by Jonathan E. Spilman, but was later adapted in by William J Kirkpatrick. The Three Kings Written in by Peter Cornelius, this carol is designed so three male voices can sing a verse each to correspond with the three kings.
The text quotes the Gospel of Luke, while the melody is taken from Basque tradition. Its author and intended use are unknown, but the song is now performed as a carol by choirs around the world during Christmas season.
The Holly and the Ivy This gentle carol is inspired by the hope that singers would survive the difficult winter months like the holly and the ivy. Now, they are brought inside for good luck. Ding Dong! The tune first appeared as a secular dance tune, in a book on dance written by Jehan Tabourot. Angels From the Realms of Glory Written by Scottish poet James Montgomery and first printed on Christmas Eve , this carol sounds just as beautiful today as it did almost years ago.
But it is actually of Cornish origin, with most hymn sheets opting for the old English Anglo-Saxon spelling, Nowell. Latest features.