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The Huron Carol

Music by Traditional and Jean de Brebeuf

The "Huron Carol" (or "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime") is a Canadian Christmas hymn (Canada's oldest Christmas song), written probably in 1642 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song's original Huron title is "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born"). The song's melody is based on a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid"). The well-known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton and the copyright to these lyrics was held by The Frederick Harris Music Co., Limited, but entered the public domain in 2011.

    Release Date: 1642


Songbooks, Arrangements and/or Media

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Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs : SATB : 01 Songbook : Bob Chilcott : 9780193532311

Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs

Bob Chilcott and Susan Knight have searched the globe for vibrant, exciting music representing a wide range of choral traditions and styles-from a powerful arrangement of an old Armenian hymn to a percussive Dominican "villancico," a carol in the style of Nigerian art music, a Polish folk carol, a new arrangement of popular Canadian carol, and much more besides. Each piece may be sung in its original language or in English, and pronunciation guides are provided for those who wish to sing the original texts. This collection will help to refresh the repertoire of choirs the world over, with most pieces suitable for choirs of all sizes and abilities.

Songlist: Villancio De La Falta De Fe, Khorurd Metz, Southern Cross, Kuttun Kantak, Nu Is Die Roe Van Jesse, Acalanto Para O Menino Jesus, The Huron Carol, Notre Divin Maitre, Llega la Navidad, Nuud ole, Jeesus, Kiidetud, Tuikkikaa, Oi Joulun Tahtoset, Ainsi Que Parmi La Pree, Suser Die Glocken Nie Klingen, Krismas Dodzi Vo, Nagykarcsony Ejszakajan, Immanuel Oss I Natt, Carul Failte, Infant Joy, Jajang, Jajang, Ahgi Yesu, Dedziet Skalu, Putietguni, Lullaby Carol, Amuworo Ayi Out Nwa, Det Hev Ei Rose Sprunge, Hej, Hej, Lelija!, Ena Noc Polna Veselja, Susa Ninna, Ett Nyfott Barn, Im Silbernen Wassergrund, My Dancing Day, Who Is The Baby, and more

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Voicing: SATB | 9095b | Songbook | $22.95 | Primarily a cappella


Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs SSAA : SSAA : 01 Songbook : Bob Chilcott : 9780193532328

Bob Chilcot (Edited by) : World Carols for Choirs SSAA

Bob Chilcott and Susan Knight have searched the globe for vibrant, exciting music representing a wide range of choral traditions and styles-from a powerful arrangement of an old Armenian hymn to a percussive Dominican "villancico," a carol in the style of Nigerian art music, a Polish folk carol, a new arrangement of popular Canadian carol, and much more besides. Each piece may be sung in its original language or in English, and pronunciation guides are provided for those who wish to sing the original texts. This collection will help to refresh the repertoire of choirs the world over, with most pieces suitable for choirs of all sizes and abilities.

Songlist: Looys parats (The Light of Glory), An Australian Christmas, Oi Bethleem! (O Bethlehem!), Omnes nu laet ons gode loven (Now Let Us All Praise God), Acalentando Jesus (Sleep, little Savior), The Huron Carol, Notre divin Maitre (Our master, Lord Jesus), Cantemos a Maria (Let us sing to Mary), Nuud ole, Jeesus, kiidetud (Now blessed by thou, Christ Jesu), On lapsi syntynyt meille (A Son to us is given), Vieux Noel pour les Tout-petits (Awake, awake!), Nikolauslied (St Nicholas Song), Pastoral (Angels Bright), Jol, Oigbhean a chanaim (I sing of a maiden), The Divine Image, Ju nashuhtdah (Jesus is born), Sudrabina lietins lija (See the silver rain is falling), Indigo I, Amuworo ayi otu nwa (For unto us a child is born), Det hev ei rose sprunge (A spotless rose), Tarice-lamance w cudownej stajence (Joyous Dances), Susa ninna, Ett Nyfott Barn (A Newborn Child), Auf, ihr Hirten, von dem Schlaf (Wake up shephers from your sleep), Sussex Carol, Jesus, Jesus, rest your head, Who is the baby?, Ananaya, nanay (Christmas Carol)

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Voicing: SSAA | 9411b | Songbook | $21.95 | Primarily a cappella


Various Arrangers : Peace On Earth : SATB : 01 Songbook : 073999101546 : 0793566797 : 00310154

Various Arrangers : Peace On Earth

144 carols from around the world including Spain, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico,Denmark, Germany, France, Chile and many others. Quality arrangements that are fun to sing.

Songlist: As Lately We Watched (Austria), The Simple Birth (Belgium), The Huron Carol, Going to Bethlehem (Chile), Quickly Now, O Shepherds (Columbia), Hear, O Shepherds (Croatia), Come, All Ye Shepherds (Czech Republic), A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (Denmark), Away in a Manger (England), Angels We Have Heard on High (France)

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Voicing: SATB | 9367b | Songbook | $10.95


Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings : Solo : Songbook : 073999809046 : 1458424871 : 50480904

Richard Johnston (editor) : Folk Songs North America Sings

This superb 382-page resource contains more than 350 North American folk songs, carefully sequenced both rhythmically and melodically for use with the Kodály method, which is based on authentic Hungarian folk music. The collection features information about solfege, form, phrase, length, range, rhythmic construction, and more.

Songlist: Jubilee, 1 2 3, Ah Vous Dirai-Je, Maman? (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star), Animal Song, Frog Went A-Courtin', Poor Wayfaring Stranger, Christus Natus Hodie, Goodbye, Old Paint, All The Pretty Little Horses, Let Me Fly, Cumberland Gap, On Springfield Mountain, Jesus Born In Beth'ny, Alphabet Song, I Wonder As I Wander, Daddy Shot A Bear, Down In The Valley, Soldier Boy, Little Bird, Skip To My Lou, Mary Had A Little Lamb, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, Pretty Saro, London Bridge, The Farmer In The Dell, Hickory Dickory Dock, I Got A Letter This Morning, Riding In A Buggy, Awake, (Go Tell Aunt Rhody) The Ole Grey Goose Is Dead, and more

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Voicing: Solo | 2577b | Songbook | $49.00 | Voice and Piano


Chicago A Cappella : Christmas A Cappella : 00  1 CD : Jonathan Miller : 107

Chicago A Cappella : Christmas A Cappella

Chicago a cappella returns with a sparkling selection of seasonal songs by contemporary composers and arrangers, including seven world premieres. Works include two lively African settings (in African languages) of the biblical passage "For unto us a child is born," delightful treatments of traditional French and French-Canadian carols, a unique Danish take on the Christmas story, distinctive works by leading American composers including Stephen Paulus (Splendid Jewel) and Gwyneth Walker (The Christ-child's Lullaby), and James Clemens's brilliant, jazz-inflected arrangement, Jingle a cappella, centered around a wild fugue in 7/8 time! The disc also presents two pieces based on Hebrew texts: Aleih Neiri, a Hanukkah song by Yemen-born Jewish composer Chaim Parchi, and multiple award-winning young composer Stacy Garrop's poignant prayer for peace, Lo Yisa Goy. In a season brimming with holiday music, Chicago a cappella's new CD stands apart as a jewel of imaginative programming and passionate performances that please the ear and penetrate the heart.

Songlist: Amuworo ayi otu nwa, What Sweet Music, II est Ne, le Divin Enfant, The Huron Carol, I Wonder As I Wonder, Splendid Jewel, Lo Yisa Goy, Who Is The Baby?, The Christ-child's Lullaby, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Noel nouvelet, Prayer of the Venerable Bede, En stjerne er sat, Hodie, Nyathi onyuol, Aleih Neiri, Jingle a cappella, O Lux Beatissima

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8942c | 1 CD | $15.95 | A Cappella


Elektra Women's Choir : Child Of Grace : 00  1 CD : Morna Edmundson / Diane Loomer : 0301

Elektra Women's Choir : Child Of Grace

Founded in 1987, and co-directed by Diane Loomer, C.M. and Morna Edmundson, the 57-strong, Vancouver, BC-based Elektra is now regarded as a leader in the classical women's choir movement worldwide. Seeking out music written specifically for women and frequently commissioning new works, the singers are selected by audition--and share an enthusiasm for challenging repertoire. "Child of Grace," a Christmas CD, is the group's 5th, and contains 21 songs, some with light accompaniment, piano and drums. This is a stunningly lovely collection of beautiful, little-known carols and Christmas songs, like Eleanor Daley's "What Sweeter Music" and "I Sing of a Maiden," and Knut Nystedt's "Mary's Song." There's a joyous group of 8 songs by Derick Holman called "Sir Christemas." Songs we've heard many times like "I Saw Three Ships," "How Far Is It to Bethlehem" and Malcolm Edwards' "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day" are the exceptions. Each song is a gem!

Songlist: Adam Lay Ybounden, O My Dear Heat, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, What Sweeter Music, Carol for the Animals, I Sing of a Maiden, Mary's Song, How Far is it to Bethlehem?, In the Bleak Midwinter , Sir Christemas:, -Proface, welcome!, -Sir Christemas, -The Wassail, -Omnes gentes plaudite, -Here comes holly, -Ivy, chief of trees, -Nay, ivy, nay, -Now have good day!, The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy, The Huron Carol, I Saw Three Ships, I Sing of a Maiden

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6862c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella


Elmer Iseler Singers : Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia : 00  1 CD : Elmer Iseler : MVCD 1165

Elmer Iseler Singers : Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Alleluia

The Iseler Singers perform carols by Canadian composers commissioned for this recording - four original compositions, an arrangement of the Huron Carol and eleven new arrangements of carols from the 1582 collection, "Piae Cantiones" by the Swedish monk, Theodoricus Petrus of Nyland. Published in England in 1853, its timeless melodies have permeated the church music of the English-speaking world. According to Ken Winters' informative liner notes the only work on the program not commissioned by the Singers is Healey Willan's miniature masterpiece, Resonet in Laudibus, also from "Piae Cantiones". Each carol is a highly individual exploration of musical beauty. Exquisite dissonances propel Eleanor Daley's harmonization of Ave Maris Stella; Eric Robertson astonishes with his symphonic vision of Puer Natus in Bethlehem; Derek Holman's modal counterpoint to the syncopations of Gaudete bursts with energy; Donald Patriquin's folk song treatment of Puer Nobis Nascitur is fresh and unexpected; Peter Togni's arrangement of Corde Natus - Of the Father's love begotten moves with deft assurance from two-part simplicity to a grand multiphonic concluding Amen.

Songlist: Ave Maris Stella , Gaudete!, In the Bleak Mid-winter, A Christmas Lullaby, Angelus ad Virginem, In Dulci Jubilo, Jumalisten joucko, The Huron Carol, Christmas Lullaby, Puer Nobis Nascitur, Puer Natus in Bethlehem , Laetetur Jerusalem, Paranymphus Adiens, Corde Natus, Of the Father's Love Begotten, Waye Not His Cribb, Verbum Caro Factum Est, Resonet in Laudibus, Christmas Song 14th Century, Un Instant Mystique (A Boy is Born)

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8457c | 1 CD | $15.98 | A Cappella


Elmer Iseler Singers : Welcome Yule! : 00  1 CD : Elmer Iseler : SMCD 5055

Elmer Iseler Singers : Welcome Yule!

This recording features the contributions of several Canadians to the caroling genre, as composers of new carols and arrangers of old ones. From the perennially beautiful O Come All Ye Faithful and The Holly and the Ivy to the 14th century German Christmas Song, better known as "Joseph, lieber Joseph", this is a lively recording by one of Canada's most loved choirs. Derek Holman's rollicking arrangement of Deck the Halls shows off its insouciance by capturing an unmistakable tipsiness which very likely did accompany the decking of those particular halls. Two of the arranged carols are especially notable: The Huron Carol, known as Canada's first Christmas Carol (1642), is sung here in Robert Anderson's arrangement; and a rare Nova Scotia variant of the Cherry Tree Carol collected by Helen Creighton and arranged by Louis Applebaum.

Songlist: O Come All Ye Faithful, The Echo Carol, The Holly And The Ivy, Noel Cest L'Amour, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Mary Is A Lady Bright, Welcome Yule, Lullaby For The Christ Child, The Twelve Days Of Christmas, A Canadian Christmas Carol, The Huron Carol, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, Deck The Halls, Christmas Song Of The 14th Century, Masters In This Hall, What Is This Lovely Fragrance, Cherry Tree Carol `, Il Est Ne Divin Enfant, The Golden Vase Carol, Variations On The Sussex Carol, Hodie Christus Natus Est, Angelus ad Virginem, Away In A Manger, We Wish You A Merry Christmas

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8459c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella


Toronto Children's Chorus : A Ceremony of Carols : 00  1 CD : Jean Ashworth Bartle : MAR 327

Toronto Children's Chorus : A Ceremony of Carols

This CD is a compilation of the most popular Christmas selections from the Toronto Children's Chorus previous Marquis recordings, Dancing Day and Mostly Britten, along with several never before released performances of favourite carols. Both John Rutter's "Dancing Day" and Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" - the two major works on this CD - are popular favourites.

Songlist: Es ist ein' Ros' entsprungen, The Huron Carol, D'ou viens-tu bergere, Dancing Day, Prelude, Angelus ad Virginem, A virgin most pure with, Personent hodie, Interlude, There Is No Rose, Coventry carol, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, I Saw Three Ships, Stille Nacht, Noel nouvelet, A Ceremony of Carols, Op. 28, Procession, Wolcum Yole!, There is no Rose, That yonge child, Balulalow, As dewe in Aprille, This little Babe, In Freezing Winter Night, Spring Carol, Adam lay ibounden, Recession, Cantata No. 142, Alleluia

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7057c | 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella


Individual Folios

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The Huron Carol : SAB : Jill Gallina :  1 CD : 35009865 : 747510068747

Jill Gallina : The Huron Carol

This haunting Canadian carol written originally by St. Jean de Brebeuf captures the tonality and beauty of the Huron community. Jill Gallina's arranging touch makes this a strong choice for your concert. It's a unique opportunity for a distinctive piece in your programming.

Arranger: Jill Gallina

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Voicing: SAB | Sheet Music | $1.90 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35009865


The Huron Carol : 2-Part : Jill Gallina : Sheet Music : 35009866 : 747510068754

Jill Gallina : The Huron Carol

This haunting Canadian carol written originally by St. Jean de Brebeuf captures the tonality and beauty of the Huron community. Jill Gallina's arranging touch makes this a strong choice for your concert. It's a unique opportunity for a distinctive piece in your programming.

Arranger: Jill Gallina

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Voicing: 2-Part | Sheet Music | $2.50 | With Piano |
(Minimum order 4 copies)
| 35009866


The Huron Carol : SATB : Sarah Quartel : Sarah Quartel : Sheet Music : 9780193396326

Sarah Quartel : The Huron Carol

This is a traditional Canadian carol with a text by St Jean de Brébeuf, a seventeenth-century French missionary who worked primarily with the Huron people. Following an ethereal beginning with dissonant, haunting harmonies, the carol builds to an expansive climax. An accompaniment for chamber orchestra is available on hire.

Composer: Sarah Quartel

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Voicing: SATB | Sheet Music | $2.90 | With Piano |
9780193396326

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