The Stories Behind Christmas Carols

Discover the history of holiday songs with these titles from our digital collections.

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You love Christmas carols—now learn the "story behind the story" for 40 of the best-known songs of the season, each with a devotional twist! From "Angels We Have Heard on High" to "We Three Kings of Orient Are," from "The Birthday of a King" to "O Holy Night," the carols of Christmas each have an amazing story to tell—about the birth of Jesus, or even the birth of the song itself. This beautifullydesigned full-color gift book makes a great gift, for others or yourself.

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Behind the Christmas songs we love to sing lie fascinating stories that will enrich your holiday celebration. Taking you inside the nativity of over thirty favorite songs and carols, Ace Collins introduces you to people you've never met, stories you've never heard, and meanings you'd never have imagined. The next time you and your family sing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," you'll have a new understanding of its message and popular roots. You'll discover how "Angels from the Realms of Glory," with its sublime lyrics and profound theology, helped usher in a quiet revolution in worship. You'll learn the strange history of the haunting and powerful "O Holy Night," including the song's surprising place in the history of modern communications. And you'll step inside the life of Mark Lowry and find out how he came to pen the words to the contemporary classic "Mary, Did You Know?"Still other songs such as "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" trace back to mysterious origins--to ninth-century monks, nameless clergy, and unknown commoners of ages past. Joining hands with such modern favorites as "White Christmas" and "The Christmas Song," they are part of the legacy of inspiration, faith, tears, love, and spiritual joy that is Christmas. From the rollicking appeal of "Jingle Bells" to the tranquil beauty of "Silent Night," the great songs of Christmas contain messages of peace, hope, and truth. 

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Everyone loves a carol—in the end, even Ebenezer Scrooge. They have the power to summon up a special kind of mid-winter mood, like the aroma of gingerbread or the twinkle of lights on a tree. It's a kind of magic. But how did they get that magic? Andrew Gant—choirmaster, church musician, university professor, and writer—tells the story of some twenty carols, each accompanied by lyrics and music, unraveling a captivating, and often surprising, tale of great musicians and thinkers, saints and pagans, shepherd boys and choirboys. Readers get to delve into the history such favorites as "Good King Wenceslas," "Away in a Manger," and "O, Tannenbaum," discovering along the way how "Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" came to replace "Hark, how all the welkin' ring" and how Ralph Vaughan Williams applied the tune of an English folk song about a dead ox to a poem by a nineteenth century American pilgrim to make "O Little Town of Bethlehem."

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This first volume in the Amazing Christmas Carols collection features: "In the Bleak Midwinter," "The Boar's Head Carol," "Jingle Bells," "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen," "The Holly and the Ivy," "Little Town of Bethlehem," "Come, O Come Emmanuel," "While Shepherds Watched their Flocks by Night," "Silent Night," and "Good King Wenceslas." Each carol is presented with an introduction featuring information about its origins, the full music score (all choral parts plus accompaniment), a separate piano score, individual parts for Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass and a separate page of just the words. This eBook is specifically formatted for high quality display on a range of devices, tablets and eBook readers and is perfect for individuals, choirs, schools, churches or any other singing group.

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