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Tudor Choir
An American Christmas - Shapenote Carols from New England and Appalachia

Song NameComposerArranger
Shepherd's StarReginald Heber / R. Herron
ShilohWilliam Billings
The Cherry TreeJean Ritchie
AntiochIsaac Watts
SherburneNahum Tate / Daniel Read
Emanuel for ChristmasWilliam Billings
Redemption S.M.Isaac Watts / Jeremiah Ingalls
Anthem for LukeJoseph Stephenson
Joys Seven
Bethlehem C.MWilliam Billings
Redemption L.M.Joseph Stephenson
Boston for ChristmasWilliam Billings
Bonnie DoonHenry Kirke White
Star in the EastReginald Heber
OxfordIsaac WattsJohn Massengale / Seaborn M. Denson
JudeaWilliam Billings
New BethlehemNahum Tate / Edward French
LondonTimothy Swan
I Saw Three ShipsJean Ritchie
RaymondPhillip DodderidgeJohn G. McCurry
ConvoyJohn Bowring / William Harvey Swan Jr.
DistressIsaac Watts
MilfordJohn Arnold / Joseph Stephenson

Directed by Doug Fullington

The 17 mixed voices of Seattle's Tudor Choir, founded by Doug Fullington in 1993, have a focused repertoire dedicated to historically informed concerts and recordings with an emphasis on Renaissance, early American and English choral music. While putting together 1996's "The Shapenote Album," the Choir came across "An American Christmas Harp," a shapenote collection, and were inspired to record "An American Christmas. We won't go into defining shapenote, referring you to the 28-page liner notes, but we will say that it's intensely harmonic and spirited, and often includes fugues. 23 songs, some of which we know by other names, "Antioch," for instance, we know as "Joy to the World." Some favorites: "Shiloh," "Sherburne," "Emanuel, For Christmas," "Redemption, S.M.," "Anthem from Luke," "Joys Seven," "Boston, For Christmas," "Bonnie Doon," "Judea," "London," "Raymond" and "Milford." These now obscure songs were once as familiar to rural Americans as "White Christmas." Shapenote is joyous, celebratory music, fun to sing and fun to hear.

Item code: 6947C | 1 CD | $15.95 add item to cart
Choral | Primarily a cappella | Mixed | United States

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