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Alfred Burt

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Alfred Burt

Born: 1920 Died: 1954

Alfred Burt (born April 22, 1920) was an American jazz musician who composed fifteen now famous Christmas carols between 1942 and 1954. Burt studied music at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and served as an officer in the United States Army during World War II. After the war, he traveled to California, developing a career as trumpeter and arranger, and eventually joined the Alvino Rey Orchestra. His most famous carol, "Caroling Caroling", is often heard during the Christmas season, and many others have been recorded by dozens of artists. John Williams wrote two medleys of his works for the Boston Pops Orchestra. Burt wrote his carols for "publication" on the back of his Christmas cards each year. They are among the few modern carols to address serious spiritual themes. A heavy smoker, he died of lung cancer in 1954 at the age of 33. In 2003 Burt's niece, the composer Abbie Betinis, revived the traditional of sending Christmas cards with an original carol each holiday season.

Discography (See list of Compositions.)

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Alfred Burt : Christmas Carols SATB

Review: These delightful carols are the result of a tradition begun by the Reverend Bates G. Burt, his composer son, Alfred and friend-of-the-family Whila Hutson; for many years these three collaborated on the creation of original carols, which were then sent to friends as Christmas cards. The fifteen carols as published are arranged in three sets. The carols within each set were selected to provide a variety of sound and facility of transition from one carol to the next so that each set may be performed as a program group

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling Long Ago , O Hearken Ye , Nigh Bethlehem, All On A Christmas Morning, We'll Dress The House , Ah, Bleak And Chill Wintry Wind, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Some Children See Him, Jesu Parvule, Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries , The Star Carol, Carol Of The Mother, What Are The Signs , Christ In The Stranger's Guise , Come, Dear Children

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6897b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | SATB | A CappellaChoral Christmas Arrangements


Alfred Burt : Christmas Carols SSAA

Review: These delightful carols are the result of a tradition begun by the Reverend Bates G. Burt, his composer son, Alfred and friend-of-the-family Whila Hutson; for many years these three collaborated on the creation of original carols, which were then sent to friends as Christmas cards. The fifteen carols as published are arranged in three sets. The carols within each set were selected to provide a variety of sound and facility of transition from one carol to the next so that each set may be performed as a program group

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling Long Ago , O Hearken Ye, Nigh Bethlehem, All On A Christmas Morning, We'll Dress The House , Ah, Bleak And Chill Wintry Wind, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Some Children See Him, Jesu Parvule, Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries , The Star Carol, Carol Of The Mother, What Are The Signs , Christ In The Stranger's Guise , Come, Dear Children

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6899b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | SSAA | A CappellaChoral Christmas Arrangements


Alfred Burt : Christmas Carols TTBB

Review: These delightful carols are the result of a tradition begun by the Reverend Bates G. Burt, his composer son, Alfred and friend-of-the-family Whila Hutson; for many years these three collaborated on the creation of original carols, which were then sent to friends as Christmas cards. The fifteen carols as published are arranged in three sets. The carols within each set were selected to provide a variety of sound and facility of transition from one carol to the next so that each set may be performed as a program group

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling Long Ago , O Hearken Ye, Nigh Bethlehem, All On A Christmas Morning, We'll Dress The House , Ah, Bleak And Chill Wintry Wind, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Some Children See Him, Jesu Parvule, Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries , The Star Carol, Carol Of The Mother, What Are The Signs , Christ In The Stranger's Guise , Come, Dear Children

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6898b | Sheet Music | $5.95 | TTBB | A CappellaChoral Christmas Arrangements


Alfred Burt : The Alfred Burt Christmas Carols Songbook

Review: 15 carols that started as a family Christmas card tradition and ended up as part of the standard Christmas carol repertoire. This collection also features a bio on Burt. Voice and piano.

Songlist: Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintery Wind, All On a Christmas Morning, Carol of the Mother, Christ in a Starnger's Guise, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Jesu Parvule, Nigh Bethlehem, O Hearken Ye, Some Children See Him, The Star Carol, This Is Christmas, We'll Dress the House, What Are The Signs?

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9208b | 01 Songbook | $9.95 | Solo | AccompaniedChoral Christmas Arrangements


Alfred Burt / Columbia Choir : The Christmas Mood

Review: Alfred S. Burt died in February of 1954 at the age of 33, already a legend. The slender minister's son, the young jazz trumpeter who composed Christmas carols, was carrying on a tradition started in 1922 by his father, the Reverend Bates G. Burt, who began sending his own composed carols as Christmas messages to friends and family. Rev. Bates proudly saw his son take over music in 1941, while he supplied the lyrics. These are the only carols created in modern times that have obtained international acceptance in the music community, from local choirs to stars like Andy Williams, Peggy Lee, Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, The Lennon Sisters and many others have recorded Burt carols. So listen to these "mini-masterpieces," beautifully performed by the Columbia Choir with occasional light accompaniment by the Ralph Carmichael Brass Ensemble and organ. "Caroling, Caroling," "The Star Carol," "Christ in the Stranger's Guise," "Come Dear Children," "Some Children See Him," "All on a Christmas Morning," "O Hearken Ye." "Jesu Parvule," "Nigh Bethlehem," "This is Christmas," "Ah, Bleak and Chill" and "We'll Dress the House." At the end of the CD is a very nice instrumental medley of the carols. We have enjoyed these carols as particularly wonderful ones for years, never knowing the story of their gifted composer, now we see them with a new appreciation. Recommended!

Songlist: Caroling, Caroling, The Star Carol, Christ in the Stranger's Guise, Come, Dear Children, Some Children See Him, All on a Christmas Morning, O, Hearken Ye, Jesu Parvule, Nigh Bethlehem, This is Christmas, Ah, Bleak and Chill, We'll Dress the House, Instrumental medlies:, Caroling, Caroling, All on a Christmas Morning, We'll Dress the House, The Star Carol, Some Children See Him, Come, Dear Children, Ah, Bleak and Chill, Jesu Parvule, O, Hearken Ye

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6856c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | AccompaniedMixed Choir Christmas CDs


Alfred Burt and Jimmy Joyce Singers : This Is Christmas

Review: Considered by some to be the finest recording of Christmas carols ever, these original compositions were written by Alfred and primary lyricists Wihla Hutson and Bates G. Burt (Alfred's father). In fact, the carols were initially sent as Christmas messages to Burt family members and friends! Alfred died in 1954 at the age of thirty three, but his legacy has brought joy to untold myriads of listeners ever since. Artists from Nat "King" Cole to the Boston Pops Orchestra and Chorus have popularized what conductor John Williams described as "mini-masterpieces." The sixteen voice a cappella choir directed by arranger Jimmy Joyce (who had worked with Alfred in the Alvino Rey Orchestra) is sprightly and surefooted in their performance, which was recorded in 1963. A sentimental and popular favorite.

Songlist: This Is Christmas, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Ah, Bleak And Chill The Wintry Wind, Come, Dear Children, Some Children See Him, Sleep, Baby Mine, All On A Christmas Morning, Caroling, Caroling, The Star Carol, We'll Dress The House, Christ In The Stranger's Guise, Nigh Bethlehem, What Are The Signs, Jesu Parvule, O Hearken Ye

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6896c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | A CappellaMixed Choir Christmas CDs


Alfred Burt and Jimmy Joyce Singers : This Is Christmas Songbook

Review: Considered by some to be the finest recording of Christmas carols ever, these original compositions were written by Alfred and primary lyricists Wihla Hutson and Bates G. Burt (Alfred's father). In fact, the carols were initially sent as Christmas messages to Burt family members and friends! Alfred died in 1954 at the age of thirty three, but his legacy has brought joy to untold myriads of listeners ever since. Artists from Nat "King" Cole to the Boston Pops Orchestra and Chorus have popularized what conductor John Williams described as "mini-masterpieces." The sixteen voice a cappella choir directed by arranger Jimmy Joyce (who had worked with Alfred in the Alvino Rey Orchestra) is sprightly and surefooted in their performance, which was recorded in 1963. A sentimental and popular favorite.

Songlist: This Is Christmas, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Ah, Bleak And Chill The Wintry Wind, Come, Dear Children, Some Children See Him, Sleep, Baby Mine, All On A Christmas Morning, Caroling, Caroling, The Star Carol, We'll Dress The House, Christ In The Stranger's Guise, Nigh Bethlehem, What Are The Signs, Jesu Parvule, O Hearken Ye

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6896b | 01 Songbook | $7.95 | SSAATTBB | A CappellaMixed Choir Christmas CDs


Various Artists : Alfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection

Review: For over 50 years, the Alfred Burt Carols have brought joy and good cheer to holiday celebrations around the world. Now for the first time ever, some of our greatest singers and beloved holiday voices have been brought together in this landmark collection. The diversity and caliber of these artists is testament to the respect that the Burt carols inspire with performances by Natalie Cole, Simon & Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis, Dave Grusin, Julie Andrews and a dozen others. With 24 brand new performances and remastered originals, this remarkable CD release is an instant classic!

Songlist: Caroling Caroling, Some Children See Him, Nigh Bethlehem, The Star Carol, Christmas Cometh Caroling, Caroling Caroling, Caroling Caroling, Christ in the Stranger's Guise, This is Christmas, Come, Dear Children, Jesu Parvule, O Hearken Ye, Some Children See Him, Some Children See Him, Ah, Bleak & Chill, The Star Carol, What Are The Signs?, We'll Dress The House, Sleep Baby Mine, O Hearken Ye, All On A Christmas Morning, Caroling Caroling, Caroling Caroling, Christmas Cometh Caroling

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4600c | 00 1 CD | $17.95 Vintage Christmas

Compositions ( See Discography.)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistRecording TitleFormat
Ah, Bleak & ChillThe Singers UnlimitedAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsAlfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak and ChillAlfred BurtAlfred Burt / Columbia ChoirThe Christmas Mood 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak and ChillAlfred BurtAlfred Burt / Columbia ChoirThe Christmas Mood 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintery WindAlfred BurtAlfred BurtThe Alfred Burt Christmas Carols SongbookSongbookMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak and Chill the Wintry Wind Alfred BurtDale Warland SingersChristmas Echoes Vol 1 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak And Chill The Wintry WindJimmy Joyce / Brinley BethelAlfred BurtAlfred Burt and Jimmy Joyce SingersThis Is Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak And Chill The Wintry WindJimmy Joyce / Brinley BethelAlfred BurtAlfred Burt and Jimmy Joyce SingersThis Is Christmas SongbookSongbookMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak And Chill Wintry WindHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SATBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak And Chill Wintry WindHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SSAASheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Ah, Bleak And Chill Wintry WindHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols TTBBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
All On A Christmas MorningVoices of Jimmy JoyceAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsAlfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All On A Christmas MorningHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SATBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
All On A Christmas MorningHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SSAASheet MusicMORE DETAILS
All On A Christmas MorningHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols TTBBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
All On a Christmas MorningAlfred BurtDale Warland SingersChristmas Echoes Vol 1 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All on a Christmas MorningJessica FreedmanBates and Alfred BurtSonosDecember Songs 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All On a Christmas MorningRandy CrenshawAlfred Burt Various ArrangersMen's Jazz HolidaySheet MusicMORE DETAILS
All On a Christmas MorningAlfred BurtAlfred BurtThe Alfred Burt Christmas Carols SongbookSongbookMORE DETAILS
All on a Christmas MorningAlfred BurtAlfred Burt / Columbia ChoirThe Christmas Mood 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All on a Christmas MorningAlfred BurtAlfred Burt / Columbia ChoirThe Christmas Mood 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All On A Christmas MorningJimmy Joyce / Brinley BethelAlfred BurtAlfred Burt and Jimmy Joyce SingersThis Is Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
All On A Christmas MorningJimmy Joyce / Brinley BethelAlfred BurtAlfred Burt and Jimmy Joyce SingersThis Is Christmas SongbookSongbookMORE DETAILS
Bright, Bright The Holly BerriesGene PuerlingAlfred BurtSingers UnlimitedChristmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries Hawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SATBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries Hawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SSAASheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Bright, Bright, The Holly Berries Hawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols TTBBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Bright, Bright, the Holly BerriesAlfred BurtInner VoicesChristmas In My Dreams 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Carol Of The MotherHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SATBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Carol Of The MotherHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols SSAASheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Carol Of The MotherHawley AdesAlfred BurtAlfred BurtChristmas Carols TTBBSheet MusicMORE DETAILS
Carol of the MotherAlfred BurtAlfred BurtThe Alfred Burt Christmas Carols SongbookSongbookMORE DETAILS
Caroling CarolingNatalie Cole / Nat "King" ColeAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsAlfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling CarolingJohnny MathisAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsAlfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling CarolingMaureen McGovernAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsAlfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling CarolingThe King FamilyAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsAlfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling CarolingFirst CallAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsAlfred Burt Christmas Carols - Golden Anniversary Collection 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling CarolingHawley AdesAlfred BurtSan Francisco Choral ArtistsStar of Wonder - Music For The Season 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling Caroling/Come Dear ChildrenAlfred BurtKing FamilyChristmas With The King Family 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling Caroling/Come Dear ChildrenAlfred BurtKing FamilyChristmas With The King FamilyDVDMORE DETAILS
Caroling! Caroling!Alfred BurtMerry Olde Christmas Carolers25 Anniversary 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingJoseph CrnkoAlfred BurtNorthwest Boychoir'Tis the Season 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtRichard Walters12 Christmas Favorites - High VoiceSolo Songbook & CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtVarious Arrangers12 Christmas Favorites - Low VoiceSolo Songbook & CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtDitchfield Family SingersA Cappella Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtVocal MajorityA Vocal Majority ChristmasDVDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtVarious ArtistsA Voices Only Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingDavid WrightAlfred BurtVocal MajorityBelieve 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingRandy CrenshawAlfred Burtm-pactCarol Commission 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtAlfred BurtMasters Of HarmonyCaroling, Caroling 1 CDMORE DETAILS
Caroling, CarolingAlfred BurtFred Waring and his PennsylvaniansCaroling, Caroling 1 CDMORE DETAILS
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