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Hark, the Herald Angels Sing


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TobinMueller

 Genre: Holiday

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"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" first appeared in 1739, written by Charles Wesley. A sombre man, Wesley had requested and received slow and solemn music for his lyrics, not the stirring tune we now expect. Moreover, Wesley's original opening couplet was "Hark! how all the welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings". The popular version is the result of alterations by various hands, notably George Whitefield, Wesley's co-worker, who changed the opening couplet to the familiar one, and Felix Mendelssohn. A hundred years after publication, in 1840, Mendelssohn composed a cantata to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, and it is music from this cantata, adapted by the English musician William H. Cummings to fit the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, that animates the carol we know today.

With a nod to Charles Wesley, I have set this version in a more solemn New Age jazz-blues universe. In keeping with this style, the music shrugs off the sadness of the world and finds strength in the grace and elegance of each melodic variation.

Please check out my Midwinter Born project page to learn more about my solo piano album and check out the Liner Notes page to learn a little about each song and track. Merry Christmas!

To hear other tracks from Midwinter Born, please see the hidden track I did with Ren-Tin10, Toyland 2010 and the following YouTube videos:
The First Noel: http://youtu.be/e5IHRPRqKwg
Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella: http://youtu.be/keS6XSNSZXA
O TannenBaum: http://youtu.be/ka_rx1gMffs
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Uploaded: Dec 10, 2013 - 01:53:36 PM
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2013 - 02:00:54 PM Last Played: May 07, 2017 - 08:08:29 AM
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Parichayaka said 1413 days ago (December 10th, 2013)
First snow in New York
And now this post - it's officially winter. And if it's going to be anything like your piano interpretation, it'll be a beautiful, inspiring season...

Within seconds you're taken to a timeless space where it's ok to just sit and enjoy the moment. Your legato left hand with the right hand dancing around weightlessly like a bird on fresh snow, is delightful. And the piano has a full, saturated sound which is perfect, since you play with such dry, subtle nuance.

Wonderful interpretation, thanks for this post!
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TobinMueller said 1411 days ago (December 12th, 2013)
Weightless
Thanks! love the first snow synergy. My favorite part of the song is the second half, when I change into a slightly different harmonic setting, kind of an elegant blues. Your comment about weightlessness is well appreciated, since that is what I was feeling. This was one if the last tracks I arranged and recorded. I went thru a bunch if other styles and attempts before settling in on his. When I listen, I think back to all of my other ideas and smile. This actually started of as a rollicking R&B style, but I couldn't get it to work with a bass and drums :-). It didn't really "unlock" until I slowed it down and hit upon this sound. Thanks for listening and your great comments.
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peacepiano said 1413 days ago (December 10th, 2013)
Holiday Treat
Classy Jazz Piano Christmas. The season is definitely upon us. Merry Christmas!
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TobinMueller said 1411 days ago (December 12th, 2013)
Classy
Merry Christmas to you too! And thanks for listening. I always look forward to your comment. Peace.
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MarkHolbrook said 1413 days ago (December 10th, 2013)
Gorgeous piano
in every way. Relaxing and fun at the same time! You are the master of the keys! Nicely done!
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TobinMueller said 1411 days ago (December 12th, 2013)
Gorgeous
Thank you, Mark. I tried to capture the simple joys of Christmas in these arrangements. I'm glad you heard relaxation and fun in this one. Others on the CD are way more fun, by the way :-)

Cheers, and Merry Christmas!
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LisaHawbaker said 1413 days ago (December 10th, 2013)
Very
nicely done!
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TobinMueller said 1411 days ago (December 12th, 2013)
Nicely done
Thanks!
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davajonah said 1413 days ago (December 10th, 2013)
Carols
I love them. Especially when they are played like this. Delightful interpretation Tobin, beautifully played.
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TobinMueller said 1411 days ago (December 12th, 2013)
Delightful
Thanks! I love carols too. 'Twas great arranging these during the summer months, when it was so hot outside I could hardly breath, but inside was cold and clear, a mixture of AC and the ambience of carols in the air.

Also, thanks for posting my YouTube videos on the thread Bill posted. Much appreciated!
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Fire_Angel said 1411 days ago (December 12th, 2013)
Great playing and interpretation.
I had to listen to this several times as there is a lot of subtle detail in it. Conjures a very peaceful place, so thanks for uploading. Thanks too for the download, I will study this as well as listening to it for entertainment.
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TobinMueller said 1408 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
Study
Thanks. I love the idea of listeners spending time with works. I played this song for an entire week, slowly mooring it into what I ended up capturing in the end. Love it that you will deconstruct with a similar care. Cheers!
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Philip18 said 1410 days ago (December 14th, 2013)
Hark
Beautiful. In the first section, every note seems the right one. When you change the style it shifts to something which seems a bit more playful. The reflective ending rounds it out. Fine work, Tobin!
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TobinMueller said 1408 days ago (December 15th, 2013)
Hark
Thanks. I like the second section better, but I know what you mean. It seems, on the surface, only a slight change in harmonics and yet shifts the entire feel, for me, opening the song to blues stylings. A further departure from a traditional carol. Thanks for noticing the balance achieved by the ending. Appreciated.
And happy holidays!
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