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Traditional Christmas Carol Collection / The Sixteen
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Coro  
Catalog: 16043   Number of Discs: 1
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Ca' the Yowes: A Traditional Tapestry
Release Date: 11/20/2015   Label: Odradek  
Catalog: 602   Number of Discs: 1
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Sing We Noël - Traditional Carols From St. John's Cathedral
Release Date: 07/06/1994   Label: Delos  
Catalog: 3128   Number of Discs: 1
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Traditionally British / Brand, Black Dyke Mills Band
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6515   Number of Discs: 1
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Traditional And Modern Carols / Hillier, Pro Arte Singers
Release Date: 11/12/2002   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 3957233   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Lully, lulla, thow littel tyne child "Coventry Carol"


About This Work
The Coventry Carol is so named as it was introduced in the English town of Coventry in the fifteenth century as part of the "Pageant of Shearman and Tailors." The anonymous "Pageant" was a mystery play, a genre that originated in Read more the Middle Ages, and it dealt with the slaughter of the innocents under King Herod described in the New Testament. The carol took on a life of its own, and in 1534 the text was first written down by Robert Croo. The melody first appears in printed form in 1591.

The bitter and discordant harmony of the original setting has been rendered in a more "regular" minor key in a variety of published arrangements. Most contemporary readings of the Coventry Carol are more or less in keeping with the harmonization devised by Sir Walford Davies in his Student's Hymnal of 1923. The Coventry Carol is an unusual Christmas carol in that it deals with the single most unpleasant event in the Nativity story and is neither "merry" nor "jolly." It is also one of the oldest English language Christmas carols still in general use. The refrain "lullay, lullay" is medieval slang for "I see, I see." Read less

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