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Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella

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Traditional, arranged by Gary Fagan


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General Info

Year: 1992
Duration:
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Heritage Music Press
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $40.00   |   Score Only (print) - $6.00


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

It's easy to see why this beautiful 16th century English carol has endured the test of time. This delightful arrangement utilizes fresh harmonies with the original melody. The carol Wassail, Wassail is interwoven for a special touch in the opening section.

- Program Note by publisher


Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (French: Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle) is a Christmas carol which originated from the Provence region of France in the 16th century. The song is usually notated in 3/8 time. The carol was first published in 1553 in France, and was subsequently translated into English in the 18th century. The song was originally not a song to be sung at Christmas, but rather dance music for French nobility.

It seems likely that the melody was written by Charpentier, derived from the air à boire Qu'ils sont doux, bouteille jolie from the now lost Le médecin malgré lui.

In the carol, visitors to the stable have to keep their voices down so the newborn can enjoy his dreams. To this day in the Provence region, children dress up as shepherds and milkmaids, carrying torches and candles to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, while singing the carol.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: II


Performances

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  • Charlottesville (Va.) Municipal Band (Stephen R. Layman, conductor) – 13 December 2015


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