Best-loved Christmas Carols

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Christmas Classics Ltd, 2000 - Music - 109 pages
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A creative gift package of 25 Favorite Carols that includes fascinating history, timeless art, carol lyrics, and a glorious music CD. Highly Educational and Entertaining. Increase your knowledge about Christmas music with this lavishly illustrated history about our the origin of carols from the 13th to 19th period and the fascinating stories behind 25 favorite carols.Beautiful Treasury of Art. Experience the color of magnificent works of art by Rembrandt, Bottecelli, Peter Paul Rubens, Edward Burne-Jones, Fra Angelico, Jan Steen and other famous artists. Traditional Favorites. Enjoy the classical sounds of Joy to the World, Silent Night, Adeste Fideles, O Tannenbaum, Hark! The Herald Angels, Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly, and other best-loved carols performed by world renowned choirs and orchestras, such as the Vienna Boys Choir, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus.Family Heirloom. Part of the planned ground-breaking series of Christmas music products titled THE MILLENNIA COLLECTION, this first volume helps to explain in part the development of Christmas music since the early centuries of Christianity.Holiday Customs. Learn about the evolution of the Christmas tree from the days of the Roman Empire, the significance of the holly and the ivy, the remarkable tale of Silent Night, and more interesting facts about Christmas. Bonus Songbook. Participate in a favorite holiday pastime of caro singing with an easy-to-use Songbook and its stylishly designed music scores. A nice touch for home enjoyment. Sumptuous Gift Package. Here's an opportunity to own one of the most important collection of Christmas carols, one which combines History, Art, Carol and Song Lyrics, and Music CDs in a creative package.
 

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What more can any educated individual who loves all sacred music during Advent desire, but to better understand the writers and the theology of how these songs came into being? What an excellent resource for everyone interested in Christmas music and the top carols since Ancient of time...to present...that deal with the best of the best. Somethings...are meant for deeper thought and perspective. Do you not all agree? As a journalist and as a PCUSA Minister, I was intreagued as to what Christmas Carols (Sacred Music) that was the #1 favorate of the Nation's top... Hollywood Stars...or other famous people that I met at events or parties, or functions in Washington, or in California. That led to looking deeper into why some songs...create deeper perspectives upon a psyche' and developmental reflection in key growth years, in families who's Christian Faith...is a key part in how they dealt with the family community of Holidays...and Christmas with the media and business trying its best to rip it into sales recepts...one yearns of the days of our youth...when our mama's or aunties...cranked up the Christmas carols...and of Church Services so memeorable with young singers...getting an opportunity to sing a great carol before a gathering crowd. Oprah did...Cher...Justin...even John, Paul...Mama Cass...and Johnny Cash....Ray Charles...and Waylon Jennings. Oh...the questions...the thoughts...the reflections Christmas Carols bring up out of the depth of one's soul.
When asked during his Jackson Five years...about his favorite Christmas Music: Michael who grew up in a Jehovah's Witness church community...and I can tell you that J.W. are quite strict, fundamentalist religious community....
He hesitated before answering that question.
The young writer...asked a simple question, that he thought that millions of Michael's fans may want to know prior to the Christmas holiday season.
AWAY IN THE MANGER...certainly came to his mind. Listed as writer unknown...that one tune...so enraptures individual heart strings...especially when sung by a child soprano...or a "mezzo soprano" voice.
Michael Jackson said, "There is always a deeper story, underneath every song -someone writes...and that is the real story, of a song...it's not money that drives one to write lyrics." He went on to say in that rare interview...so long ago, that...
 

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List of Illustrations
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Acknowledgments 1
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Bibliography
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Audio Index
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Ronald M. Clancy, born in 1944, is married and a graduate of George Washington University, where he earned a BA degree in Journalism. His interest in Christmas music began as a youth in an orphanage in Philadelphia, where he sang in the boys choir. In 1982 he began to assemble a sizable Christmas music library. By 1989 his continued interest in Christmas music led him on his journey to compile and author the landmark "THE MILLENNIA COLLECTION: Glorious Christmas Music, Songs and Carols," a series of ten exquisite Christmas music packages planned for future launch.

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