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Get yourself a cup of eggnog, sit down in front of a warm fire (chestnut roasting is optional), and let Publishing Glad Tidings: Essays on Christmas Music thrill and inspire you as you learn about those who have dedicated their lives to preserving, collecting, and creating the traditional art form of the Christmas carol. This enlightening volume's personal and historical perspective will help you see why Christmas carols continue to fill our lives with simple, lasting joy and why they endure as cultural, religious, and artistic gifts to humanity.

Publishing Glad Tidings will help you see how major, but once nearly forgotten, Christmas carols have stayed with us throughout the years. You'll get detailed information as to how these carols were written, compiled, collected, and ultimately wrapped up in eye- and ear-catching packages for us to enjoy every year when December rolls around. Inside this joyously decorated book, you'll find information about:

  • carol pioneers Theodoric Petri, Davies Gilbert, and William Sandys
  • carol historians Edmondstoune Duncan, Charles L. Hutchins, and Edward Bliss Reed
  • carol compiling, collecting, translating, and editing
  • how relative obscurity has made some carols classics
So come all ye faithful who are interested in keeping this grand old tradition alive. Publishing Glad Tidings is just the invitation you need to come in from the cold and wassail your way through an intriguing, heartfelt part of yuletide history. If you're a church musician, musical historian, pastor, or just a general reader interested in Christmas and music, you'll find everything you need to know about the carol's history and future right here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789003980
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Propagators of the Christmas Carol: The Pioneer Collectors
Theodoric Petri, Compiler of Piae Cantiones 3
Davies Gilbert, Compiler of Some Ancient Christmas Carols 7
William Sandys, Author of Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern 11
Propagators of the Christmas Carol: The Great Collectors, Adapters, and Translators
Thomas Helmore, Music Editor of Carols for Christmas-tide 17
John Mason Neale, Controversial Carol Lyricist 21
Henry Ramsden Bramley, Lyrics Editor of Christmas Carols, New and Old 27
John Stainer, Music Editor of Christmas Carols, New and Old 31
Richard Robert Chope, Compiler of Carols for Use in Church 35
Catherine Winkworth and Theodore Baker: Translators Extraordinary 39
Propagators of the Christmas Carol: The Pioneer Historians
Edmondstoune Duncan 45
Charles L. Hutchins 49
Edward Bliss Reed 53
Propagators of the Christmas Carol: The "Oxford Book" Trio
Percy Dearmer 59
Ralph Vaughan Williams 63
Martin Shaw 67
Other Twentieth Century Carol Experts
George Ratcliffe Woodward, Editor of The Cowley Carol Books 73
Richard Runciman Terry 77
John Jacob Niles 81
Henry W. Simon 85
Erik Routley 89
George K. Evans 95
William E. Studwell 99
Obscure Carol Classics
Obscure Carol Classics I: Charles Hutchins' Carols Old and Carols New 105
Obscure Carol Classics II: Richard Terry's Two Hundred Folk Carols 115
Obscure Carol Classics III: Publications of the Carol Society 125
The Christmas Carol as a Cultural Phenomenon
The Christmas Carol as a Cultural Phenomenon: Four Musings on the Music of the December Holiday 137
The Christmas Carol: A Bibliographic Essay 147
Index 153
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