Advent Calendar 2020 Day 19: The evolution of Christmas songs

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Karácsonyi dalok egyvelege van a mai adventi naptárban. 1744-ben íródott a legrégebbi, és napjainkban a legújabb. Kedvencek egy dinamikus videóban elénekelve, érdekes tényekkel színesítve.

1744: Oh, come, all ye faithful

Oh, come, all ye faithful

Joyful and triumphant,

O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem.

Fun fact: The composer of this song is a mystery… Do you know who it was?

1833: Silent Night

Silent Night, holy night

Silent Night, holy night

All is calm, all is bright

‘Round yon virgin Mother and Child

Holy infant so tender and mild

Sleep in heavenly peace

Sleep in heavenly peace.

Did you know: This was first performed on Christmas Eve at St. Nicholas Parish in the Austrian Empire. It was first performed on guitar. The song was re-written for guitar last minute when the church organ was damaged by floodwaters.

1847: O, holy night

Oh holy night

The stars are brightly shining

It is the night of our dear Saviour’s birth

Long lay the world in sin and error, pining

‘Til He appeared and the soul felt its worth

On Christmas Eve in 1870 during the Franco-Prussian war, a French soldier sang this during an intense battle and caused a ceasefire. Fighting ceased for a day as both sides celebrated Christmas. It was the first song broadcast live on December 21, 1906, played on the violin.

1861: O come, O come, Emmanuel

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here,

Until the Son of God appear.

1865: What child is this?

What child is this?

Who lay to rest

On Mary’s lap is sleeping

Whom angels greet with anthems sweet

While shepherds watch are keeping

So bring him incense, gold, and myrrh

Come peasant king to own him

The King of Kings salvation brings

Let loving hearts enthrone him

This, this is Christ the King

Whom shepherds guard and angels sing

Haste, haste to bring him laud

The Babe, the Son of Mary.

William Chatterton Dix wrote this while having a religious experience. This may sound familiar because it shares the same tune as the traditional English folk song “Greensleeves”.

1885: How great thou art

Then sings my soul, my Saviour GOD to Thee, How great Thou Art, how great Thou Art.

Then sings my soul, my Saviour GOD to Thee, How Great Thou Art, how great Thou Art!

 

This was voted the United Kingdom’s favourite hymn by BBC’s “Songs of Praise”.

1919: Carol of the bells

Hark how the bells

Sweet silver bells

All seem to say

Throw cares away

Christmas is here

Bringing good cheer

To young and old

Meek and the bold

Ding-dong, ding-dong

This was adapted from a 1916 Ukrainian folk song. The original composer intended the music to be sung a cappella. Who else heard this song first in “Home Alone”?

1941: Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me

Pa rum pum pum pum

A newborn king to see

Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring

Pa rum pum pum pum

To lay before the king

Pa rum pum pum pum,

Rum pum pum pum,

Rum pum pum pum

1943: I’ll be home for Christmas

I’ll be home for Christmas

You can plan on me

Please have snow and mistletoe

And presents by the tree

Christmas Eve will find me

Where the love light gleams

I’ll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams

I’ll be home for Christmas

You can plan on me

Please have some snow and mistletoe

And presents by the tree

Christmas Eve will find me

Where the love light gleams

I’ll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams

I’ll be home for Christmas

If only in my dreams

 

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This was originally written to honour soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmas time. Bing Crosby’s recording was one of the first songs broadcast to astronauts in December 1965.

It was recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers who inspired “The Sound of Music”. This song was released more than 220 times in seven languages.

1945: The Christmas Song

Chestnuts roasting on an open fire

Jack Frost nipping at your nose

Yuletide carols being sung by a choir

And folks dressed up like Eskimos

Everybody knows a turkey and some mistletoe

Help to make the season bright

Tiny tots with their eyes all aglow

Will find it hard to sleep tonight.

 

This song was written during a blistering hot day.

1971: Happy Xmas! (War is over.)

So this is Christmas

And what have you done

Another year over

A new one just begun.

 

The X represents the Greek letter chi, the initial letter in Greek for Jesus Christ.

1984: Mary did you know?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Would one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know that your baby boy

Would save our sons and daughters?

Did you know that your baby boy

Has come to make you new?

This child that you delivered, will soon deliver you.

 

The composer said “these are the questions I would have asked if I were to sit down and have coffee with Mary. “

1990: My grown-up Christmas list

Do you remember me?

I sat upon your knee

I wrote to you

With childhood fantasies

Well, I’m all grown up now

And still need help somehow

I’m not a child

But my heart still can dream

1995: All I want for Christmas is you

I don’t want a lot for Christmas

There is just one thing I need

I don’t care about the presents

Underneath the Christmas tree

I just want you for my own

More than you could ever know

Make my wish come true

All I want for Christmas is you, yeah

I don’t want a lot for Christmas

There is just one thing I need

And I don’t care about the presents

Underneath the Christmas tree

I don’t need to hang my stocking

There upon the fireplace

Santa Claus won’t make me happy

With a toy on Christmas Day

I just want you for my own

More than you could ever know

Make my wish come true

All I want for Christmas is you

You, baby

 

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This is Mariah Carey’s biggest international success and is the 12th best-selling single of all time.

2004: Believe

Believe in what your heart is saying

Hear the melody that’s playing

There’s no time to waste

There’s so much to celebrate

Believe in what you feel inside

And give your dreams the wings to fly

You have everything you need

If you just believe.

The composer of this song Alan Silvestri also wrote the music for Back to the Future and The Avengers movies. Over 50 songs are title ‘Believe’.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!

Which songs can you find these words in?

  1. melody
  2. triumphant
  3. underneath
  4. Virgin Mother
  5. Son of God
  6. walk on water
  7. chestnut

Key

  1. Believe
  2. O, come all ye faithful
  3. All I want for Christmas is you
  4. Silent Night
  5. O come, O come, Emmanuel
  6. Mary, did you know?
  7. The Christmas Song
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Vocabulary

evolution fejlődés
faithful hűséges
triumphant győztes
round yon=over there ott
infant csecsemő
tender szelíd
mild gyenge
heavenly mennyei
organ orgona
floodwaters áradás
Saviour Megváltó
lie, lay feküdni
sin bűn
error hiba
pining emésztődés, epekedés
battle csata
ceasefire tűzszünet
to cease megszűnni
to broadcast közvetíteni
violin hegedű
ransom váltságdíj
captive fogoly
to mourn gyászolni
exile száműzetés
Son of God Isten Fia
lap öle valakinek
anthem himnusz
shepherd pásztor
incense tömjén
myrrh mirha
peasant paraszt
salvation üdvösség
to enthrone trónra ültetni
to haste sietni
laud magasztalás
babe kisbaba
religious vallásos
thee téged
thou te
carol karácsonyi dal
bell harang, csengő
to hark figyelni, hallgatni
care gond
cheer vidámság
meek szelíd
bold bátor
Home Alone Reszkessetek betörők
drummer dobos
mistletoe fagyöngy
to gleam csillog
to honour tiszteletet adni
overseas tengeren túlon
to long vágyakozni
chestnut gesztenye
to roast sülni
to nip megcsípni
Yuletide karácsonyi időszak
choir kórus
tot totyogós
aglow csillogó
blistering hot perzselően meleg
initial letter kezdőbetű
to save megmenteni
to deliver világra hozni
to deliver megmenteni
knee térd
I don’t care nem érdekel
underneath alatt
stocking zokni, harisnya
fireplace kandalló
Santa Claus Mikulás
no time to waste nincs vesztegetni való idő
wing szárny

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