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The Huron Carol – An Ancient Christmas Carol from…

In my latest post I have written about the Christmas Dinner with Dala concert of the CBC. In this concert I have discovered the Huron Carol, an ancient Christmas carol that is very popular in Canada. I have found many youtube videos of this song, unfortunately the version by Dala is not available as a video. You can find the link to the Dala concert in my previous post.

In the following video the Huron Carol is sung in the native Inidan language, in French and finally in English.

The Huron Carol

The “Huron Carol” (or “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime”) is a Christmas hymn, written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Christian 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 a traditional French folk song, “Une Jeune Pucelle” (“A Young Maid”). The well known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton.

This version performed by Heather Dale, and sung in Wendat (Huron), French and English.

Huron Carol – Gitarre

My arrangement of teh Huron Carol for classical guitar:

A version played on the native American flute:

Huron Carol – Native American flute – Cornell Kinderknecht & Julie Bonk

Finaly a version that tries to get close to the original Indian version:

Iesus Ahatonyah (“The Huron Carol”) – Michael “Medicine Crow” Iott

Iesus Ahatonyah was written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Wendat (“Huron”) people of Upper Canada. It was written in the Wendat language and is also known as “The Huron Carol”. There are several (poor) English translations in circulation. I have attempted what I think is a more culturally accurate rendition into English. If I were to record this over again I would replace “angel choirs” in the first verse with “Sky People”, a more accurate rendering from Wendat. That is how I perform it now. This was originally released in 2006 as a part of the Illegible Records Christmas compilation: “An Illegible Records Christmas: Shelter In The Night”. The images are mostly by Fr. John Guilliani, S.J. and available through Bridge Building Images: http://www.bridgebuilding.com/

Sheet Music

guitar  TABs: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/session-guitar-tab/huron_carol.htm

A simple version for guitar: http://www.guitarlincs.com/christmastunes.htm

A version for flute an piano – and many more Christmas carols: http://www.janwolters.nl/jwfree5-uk.html

A version for a choir with oragn: http://imslp.org/wiki/The_Huron_Carol_%28Oczko,_Michael_John%29

for native American flute: http://www.flutopedia.com/song_huron_carol.htm

more christmas carol for flute: http://www.flutetunes.com/categories.php?id=64

playlist of the Huron Carol with many versions: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9A1393FF9DF65592

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Jingle Jams: A Holiday Mix From NPR Music *…

NPR has added two interesting Christmas playlists to their program. The forst one has been compiled from the favorite holiday songs from 10 different partner stations and includes all kind of music, from classical, pop, rap, bluegrass, jazz, folk, …

It’s a seasonal tradition to gripe miserably about the ubiquity of holiday music — about piped-in department-store drivel, CD sale racks bursting with holiday cash-ins, and all things cutesy, cloying and shrill. But let’s face it: There’s crass commercial junk, and then there’s a rich canon of soul-stirring, nostalgia-inducing classics. Holiday-weariness is no match for the best of the best.

We asked 10 of NPR Music’s partner stations to send us 10 of their favorite holiday songs, so this continuous stream is packed with gems. From Bach to The Ramones to Louis Armstrong, it’s a perfect playlist for those who wish to indulge in the spirit of the season while remaining glued to the computer. Whether you’re shopping online or trudging grimly through another workday, let Jingle Jams serve as your soundtrack.

This is a great mix of holiday music with many surprises – a great mix for the next weeks!

Jingle Jams: A Holiday Mix From NPR Music

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One of the tunes included is Sleigh Ride by Sam Bush:

Sleigh Ride-Sam Bush

A second list is titled 5 Depressing Blues Songs for Christmas – the right music for all who cannot enjoy the happy Christmas days and do not want to listen to the typical happy Christmas music:

5 Depressing Blues Songs For Christmas

This is one of the tunes from this list – Lonesome Christmas by the guitarist  Lowell Fulson:

Lowell Fulson / Lonesome Christmas

Check my page about Christmas music to find more!

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