s Thoughts from the Physics Chick: Christmas carols: Past three o'clock

Friday, January 16, 2009

Christmas carols: Past three o'clock

Past three o'clock draws its inspiration from the calls of the London waits — pre-17th century musicians who patrolled the town at night and sang a signature tune on the hour. The refrain which precedes each verse echoes the watchman's signature tune, and is based on what is known of the old hourly calls. The verses are newer, having been composed by George Ratcliffe Woodward in the early 20th century.

MCLA (Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) Women's Chorus, 2008:

Coral Polifónica Sagrada Familia, 2006(?):

As promised, here's a Spanish choir singing an English carol.


At January 18, 2009 4:56 PM, Blogger Th. said...


Ah, these are lovely. And songs I don't know. And you will never run out so I should be happy for a long time.

At January 19, 2009 7:48 PM, Blogger Katya said...

I don't know that I can promise never to run out . . . they aren't making any new 17th century carols, after all.

At January 21, 2009 10:59 PM, Blogger Giovanni Schwartz said...

I think you should do Coventry Carol. It's definitely on my fav 5 list.

At January 22, 2009 6:41 PM, Blogger Katya said...

Oh, that's one of my favorites, too.


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