R J Sprafka Christmas Music Library


These are carols I have sung with different groups --
or have dearly wanted to sing so that I learned them anyway --
over the last few years.

1) Select one of the works from the index. Click on it.
2) The resulting underlined "*.MID" , "*.NWC" , and "*.PDF" are URL's for the desired part and file type.
3) Download the desired individual file using the right click on the URL anchor for the desired file,
___and choosing "save target as..." to save into a folder (directory) of your own choosing.
___Then you can play the individual files at your convenience with your choice of player without being "on the web."
___Of course, if your browser is properly configured with all the requisite plug-ins and/or automatic file execution,
___you may play or view the files directly "on the web" by simply clicking on the URL itself.

INDEX

Alle Psallite Cum Luya (Montpellier Codex 13th cent.)
An Hymn for Christmas Day (Wm. East)

Boar's Head Carol (3 different chorus versions)
Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav'nly Light (BWV 248 #12)

Coventry Carol (Lully Lullay)
The Cradle (ein Kindlein in der Wiegen)

Deck The Halls
Ding, Dong Merrily on High

Epiphany (plainchant with instruments)

Gloucester Wassail
Green Grow'th The Holly

Hark, Hark! What News The Angels Bring
The Holly & the Ivy
How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee (BWV 248 #05)

I Saw Three Ships

Jesus, the Light of the World

Lirum Lirum Lirum (You That Wont my Pipes)
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming

Masters in This Hall
Methinks I see a heavn'ly host of angels (Billings: Shiloh)

Once in Royal David's City

Psallite Unigenito (Praetorius)
Puer Nobis Nascitur (chant, round)
Puer Nobis Nascitur (piae cantiones 1582)
Puer Nobis Nascitur (4 v, c. 1622)

Quem Pastores (arr. Praetorius)

Remember, O Thou Man

Sherburne (sacred harp) (While Shepherds Watched)
Shiloh (Methinks I see a heavn'ly host of angels: Billings)
Sussex Mummer's Carol

Wexford Carol
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (Sherburne: sacred harp)
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks (traditional: not common today)


Alle Psallite Cum Luya
_______Montpellier Codex, 13th century France
_______Processional or Hymn
_______Springfield Covenant Presbyterian Boarshead 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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An Hymn for Christmas Day
_______(William East, fl. 1748-1755) Waltham, Leicestershire
_______First Book of the Voice of Melody ...
_______Forest City Singers 2001

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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The Boar's Head Carol
_______three chorus versions follow one another
_______forest city singers, springfield covenant boarshead festival
_______madrigal feaste dinners, trinity (cleveland) yule log festival

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Break Forth, O Beauteous Heav'nly Light
_______J. S. Bach (BWV 248 #12)
_______"Christmas Oratorio"
_______yscc winter 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Coventry Carol
_______(Lully Lullay thou little tiny child)
_______Wittenberg Chamber Singers 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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The Cradle (17th cent Austrian)
_______ein Kindlein in der Wiegen
_______tr. Robert Graves

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Deck The Halls With Boughs of Holly
_______"Christmas Carol"
_______Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Fall 2001

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Ding, Dong Merrily on High
_______"Christmas Carol"
_______Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Fall 2001

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Epiphany
_______plainchant with instruments
_______1st Church, Columbus, Ohio 12/2005

Unison (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;

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Gloucester Wassail
_______Springfield Covenant "Boarshead" 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Green Grow'th the Holly
_______Henry Tudor (the eighth)
_______"Christmas Carol" (2001 and 2002)
_______Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Chardon, Ohio
_______Also used for St Luke "Medieval Dinner" (2001 and 2002)

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Highest --- (NWC) (MID) ; Middle (NWC) (MID) ; Lowest (NWC) (MID)

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Hark, Hark! What News the Angels Bring
_______NOBC 075-iii
_______A Favorite RJS X-mas carol

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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The Holly and the Ivy
_______"Christmas Carol"
_______Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Fall 2001

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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How Shall I Fitly Meet Thee
_______J. S. Bach (BWV 248 #05)
_______"Christmas Oratorio"
_______yscc winter 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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I Saw Three Ships
_______GLTG "Xmas Carol" 2001
_______English Traditional

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Jesus, the Light of the World
_______arr. George D. Elderkin, ca 1890
_______recorded by Boston Camerata
_______"an American Christmas"

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Lirum Lirum Lirum:
_______Thomas Morley (1557-1603)
_______Springfield Covenant "Boarshead" 2004
_______(You That Wont My Pipes to Sound)

Full Score (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano 1 (NWC) (MID) ; Soprano 2 (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bassus (NWC) (MID)

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Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming
_______Geman 15tj - 16th centure
_______Harmonized by Praetorius
_______Forest City Singers

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)


Masters in this Hall
_______"Christmas Carol"
_______Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Fall 2001

Carolers (Unison) (NWC) (MID) (PDF)
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Once in Royal David's City
_______standard processional hymn (no descant)
_______Lessons & Carols - Cleveland Covenant Presbyterian 1997
_______Lights & Carols - Springfield Covenant Presbyterian 2004
_______Lessons & Carols - 1st Church Columbus 2005

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Psallite, Unigenito
_______Michael Praetorius (1571 - 1621)
_______Springfield Covenant Boarshead Festival 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Puer Nobis Nascitur (Unto us is born a son)
_______round; chant; 15th century
_______used as processional for St Luke Episcopal
_______Chardon, Ohio 'Medieval Dinner' 2001-2002

Unison - - - (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;

Puer Nobis Nascitur (Unto us is born a son)
_______Piae Cantiones 1582
_______rjs rehearsal score -- 06/2006 -- london, ohio

All Voices - (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

Puer Nobis Nascitur (Unto us is born a son)
_______anon. 1622?
_______rjs rehearsal score -- 06/2006 -- london, ohio
_______SATB version from 'the web' somewhere

All Voices - (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Quem Pastores Laudavere
_______German 14th cent. arr Praetorius

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Remember, O Thou Man
_______"Christmas Carol"
_______Geauga Lyric Theater Guild, Fall 2001
_______Thomas Ravenscroft

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Sherburne (While Shepherds Watched)
_______Sacred Harp; Southern Harmony
_______Daniel Read 1783

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Shiloh
_______William Billings (1746 - 1800)
_______Methinks I see an Heavn'ly Host of Angels on the Wing
_______Suffolk Harmony 17876

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Sussex Mummer's Carol
_______Springfield Covenant "Boarshead" 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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Wexford Carol
_______Springfield Covenant "Boarshead" 2004

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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While Shepherds Watched their flocks (trad.)
_______Less common traditional tune

All Voices (NWC) (MID) (PDF) ;
Soprano -- (NWC) (MID) ; Alto (NWC) (MID) ; Tenor (NWC) (MID) ; Bass (NWC) (MID)

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R. J. Sprafka, June 2006