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Coventry Carol No. 1 (another version)


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This is another version of this carol I improvised and recorded.

The Coventry Carol is a Christmas carol dating from the 16th Century.
The carol was performed in Coventry as part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors.
The author is unknown.

The carol refers to the Massacre of the Innocents, in which Herod orders all male infants under the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed.
The lyrics of this haunting carol represent a mother's lament for her doomed child. It is the only carol that has survived from this play.
It is notable as a well-known example of a Picardy third.

The oldest known text was written down by Robert Croo in 1534, and the oldest known printing of the melody dates from 1591.

The only manuscript copy to have survived into recent times was burnt in 1875. Our knowledge of the lyrics is therefore based on two very poor quality transcriptions from the early nineteenth century, and there is considerable doubt about many of the words. Some of the transcribed words are difficult to make sense of: for example, in the last verse "And ever morne and may For thi parting Neither say nor singe" is not clear. Various modern editors have made different attempts to make sense of the words, so that you may find such variations as "ever mourn and say", "every morn and day", "ever mourn and sigh". The following is one attempted reconstruction.
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Lyrics
Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do,
For to preserve this day
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

Herod, the king, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young to slay.

That woe is me, poor Child for Thee!
And ever mourn and sigh,
For thy parting neither say nor sing,
Bye, bye, lully, lullay.
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Uploaded: Dec 19, 2009 - 04:15:51 PM
Last Updated: Dec 19, 2009 - 04:15:51 PM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 07:21:56 AM
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Feter said 3075 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
Coventry Carol No. 1
Another take of this angelic Carol ..I never
heard any Carol that powerful and emotional like
this ..you really captured a new dimension with
it here ..I m enjoying the description as well
wonderful sphere done with your recordings this
is a gem by all mean ..thnx alot for sharin !!!!

Marry Christmas !!!!
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magnatone said 3075 days ago (December 19th, 2009)
Coventry
absolutely BEAUTIFUL Craig - happy holidays!
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UnderThePianoMan said 3075 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Thank you
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SmokeyVW said 3075 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
mysterious
beautiful and haunting

do i hear a vibraphone in the back? it adds a wonderful mystery to the mood

at the last 55 seconds: the final modulation to major, and the elaboration on it, is absolutely wonderful

thank you
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UnderThePianoMan said 3075 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Vibraphone
This is a little embarrassing, but I don't remember if that was the vibraphone. I mixed this last year. I think it might have been one of the bell sounds on my clavinova. What I do remember is that I maxed out the reverb to get the "mysterious" effect you mention.
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johnwhitehead said 3075 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Coventry
Wow. What a haunting melody. Wonderfully atmospheric and evocative rendition. Beautiful re-imagining of a trad carol.
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richard13 said 3074 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
A beautiful arrangement sensitively played.
This is quite lovely Craig, and the first of yours that I've heard. I look forward to exploring your back catalog ;-) Thanks for the download and for the history of this piece. Merry Christmas.
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crissew said 3074 days ago (December 20th, 2009)
Wow, I think I like this
version even better than the last. Even more emotive in the flow of the notes in this one. Gorgeous Piece. Thanks for the download! Haunting melody, just great!
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moorlandt said 3047 days ago (January 17th, 2010)
Wow
What a treat for a Sunday morning. What a fine piece of music. Thanks for the download.
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