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The Huron Carol


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VicDiesel

 Genre: Holiday

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Wikipedia says:

The "Huron Carol" (or "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime") is a Canadian Christmas hymn (Canada's oldest Christmas song), written in 1643 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 a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid").

The arrangement is mine. I deliberately threw in some parallels and crunchy dissonants. Hope you like it.
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Uploaded: Dec 20, 2008 - 07:15:01 PM
Last Updated: Dec 31, 2008 - 03:47:36 PM Last Played: Aug 10, 2017 - 08:08:27 PM
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Hardware:
Bunch of Kobliczek renaissance recorders: soprano, alto (twice), tenor (twice), bass.
Software:
Logic, a sampled harp.
Comments
davisamerica said 3162 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
so ...
do i get first here vic .... nevermind ... man Texas is blessed to have you as a transported "native son" .. very nice
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SmokeyVW said 3162 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
recording recorders
the sound of recorders is so haunting and beautiful

great playing!

thank you


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Feter said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
The Huron Carol
ye ..the master of the recorders spoke ..and what a wonderful treat he
treated us ...the magic of Harp and the recorders haunted me and you
played these so perfectly ..thank you so very much for sharin such
unique gem ...and Happy Holidays with all the blessings !!!!
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richard13 said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Huron Carol
This is particularly pretty, thank you: both the tune and the rendition. You've made it sound somewhat mediaeval, which is not a bad thing. I'll definitely be playing it on Christmas Eve.
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said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Do you know
what instrumentation the original was written for? This you've done is really nice...

Happy Holidays to you, Victor

. - Harold
VicDiesel said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Considering
that the original is a folk song, I doubt that there was any instrumentation at all.

Happy Holidays to you too, and thanks for the kind words.


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Dadai.2 said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Beautiful...
I love those recorders. The entire piece "sings." Thanks for sharing this one.

Jack
Cameron said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
interesting history
The history of this piece is very interesting, thanks for presenting it here.

I'm curious about the lack of vibrato. There are various opinions concerning its use. Personally, I like a little vibrato in spots, especially on longer notes.

This piece became more interesting when you added the second recorder voice; the opening solo seemed a little long.

Nice duet writing -- the parallels and dissonants worked well.

Too bad I haven't been at home; I could have played the harp track live. ;-)

Happy holidaze!
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VicDiesel said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
I'll take that as a compliment
I've had to work hard on getting rid of the "automatic" vibrato that flute playing gave me. I still think I have some wiggle in my breath in some places that shouldn't be there. But I don't think a relatively straight tone implies a lack of life, and in ensemble playing you definitely want to avoid vibrato as much as possible. I now use vibrato more or less as an ornament. I guess I didn't find it necessary here.

The opening solo is one full verse. I could have added more voices to it, but I decided to go for a straight statement.

Happy holidays to you, wherever you may be at this time!


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sloparts said 3162 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Very nice Vic
Clean sound, well played and beautifully arranged. I've never heard this piece before, but I can see how it would become such a popular Christmas song.

You did good my friend. Thank you for sharing this bit of history in music with us, it's just excellent.

Ed
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Moviz said 3161 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
I think
I've only ever heard the recorder played by kids having lessons at school, so never got to hear the lovely fluidity of when it is played properly as you have done. This sounds wonderfully seasonal, regards M
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ktb said 3161 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
tranquility
thank you. I am so glad i caught this. you have brought a smile to my day
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Ibstrat said 3161 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
This
is beautifully played and arranged.Thanks for posting it.
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bud said 3155 days ago (December 27th, 2008)
Wonderful piece Vic
Your playing and the arrangement are both superb as is the production. Are you also playing the harp - or is it midi?
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VicDiesel said 3155 days ago (December 27th, 2008)
thanks
The harp is a sample. My place is too small for a harp :-(
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DeathArrow said 3152 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
lalala
after commenting to my song i just had to listen to your music
and wow really great this sounds awesome!!
everything harmonizes here !!
keep it on!
cheers, luke
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kristyjo said 3151 days ago (December 31st, 2008)
Vic-
I'd done this as a flute/classical guitar duet for Christmas Eve services about a decade ago. Your recorder arrangement is wonderful, I especially like the descant you added. Great production, too. I like the harp in the background, the recorders really 'fit' this piece!
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tonestones said 2428 days ago (December 25th, 2010)
Love the sound of a recorder
I used to love the band Gentle Giant. They all played recorders and would break out into a recorder ensemble in the middle of a rock piece. Extremely entertaining.

This is beautiful.
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shavingronaldscar said 2428 days ago (December 25th, 2010)
Blammo!
A definite fave, your playing on this is just dead on good. Never heard this tune before, thanks for that!
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