An Edwardian Carol Book

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An Edwardian Carol Book

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ISBN 978-0-19-386966-0
ISBN-10 0-19-386966-7
(EAN-13 9780193869660)
Weight 142 grams
Availability 1 in stock

Cat No. OUP386966
Supplier Code OUP386966
Price £12.95
ComposersSir Joseph Barnby
John B. Dykes
Sir Edward Elgar
C. Hubert H. Parry
Sir John Stainer
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford
EditorJeremy Dibble
CategorySacred Vocal
PublisherOUP - Oxford University Press

Selected and edited by Jeremy Dibble, this collection brings together twelve richly varied carols by six British composers well known in the Edwardian era. Here are simple strophic carols with elegant melodies and rich in harmonic interest typical of the 'High Victorian' style. Here too are 'partsong' carols by Stanford, Parry and Elgar, a style highly popular in Edwardian England where the part-writing is more intricate and varied. There are two contrasted settings of Ben Johnson's I Sing The Birth: Elgar's hauntingly beautiful setting which fuses archaism and romanticism, and Parry's spirited version, fully expressive of the text's joy. And in John Stainer's The Child Jesus In The Garden, there is a poignant and extended carol with organ accompaniment, the text of which gently weaves together the message of Christmas and Passiontide with delicate imagery of flowers.

With a fascinating introduction to the carols and notes on sources and editorial policy, this collection restores a range of highly attractive carols to the repertoire, and as such will be welcomed by all mixed-voice choirs looking to refresh their Christmas programs.


  • A Cradle-song of the Blessed Virgin
  • Christmas Song
  • Sleep, Holy Babe!
  • I sing the birth
  • Lo! Christ the Lord is born
  • I sing the birth
  • Welcome, Yule!
  • When Christ was born of Mary free
  • The Child Jesus in the Garden
  • A Carol for Christmas
  • A Carol of the Nativity
  • As with gladness men of old

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