Wednesday, December 17, 2008

O Holy Night: Traditional or Contemporary?

Countdown to Christmas with Christmas Carol Trivia # 3: O Holy Night

One of the most beautiful Christmas songs of all time is "O Holy Night". It's lyrical melody with flowing accompaniment suggest a modern composition, yet carolers have been singing this tune for 150 years. Here are the facts:

• Originally written as a French poem, “Cantique de Noel” by Placide Cappeau
• Music was composed by Adolphe-Charles Adam in 1847
• English translation by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855
• Became the first Christmas carol to be played live on a radio Christmas program in 1906.
• Rich’s Great Tree in Atlanta, Georgia is lit on Thanksgiving Day every year when the highest note of “O Holy Night” is sung.

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Only 8 more days until Christmas!

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January 22, 2009 at 7:31 AM  

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