To understand the meaning and traditional
of the lyrics of this well-known Christmas Carol requires more space than is
available here. Inquisitive readers are directed to a couple of helpful web sites
(the links are entered below) to gain an intriguing and insightful understanding
of this carol whose lyrics are buried in its history.
The two settings were written specifically
for all-boys groups, but they may be sung by mixed groups as well.
Actually there is only one arrangement written in three parts. However,
Part III is optional, so the piece may be sung without the third part rendering
a satisfying two-part setting. Notice that the catalog number is the same
for both settings.
Three-part Variable Voicing Chart to
determine the different voicings that are available to various age groups.
Arranged by Don L. Collins
Two- or Three-part Variable
Voicing with two Flutes
Cambiata Press catalog
Helpful Web Sites:
Meaning Behind a Curious Christmas Carol
The Origin of
the Holly and the Ivy
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