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First Noel, The (Gould)

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Morton Gould

Traditional, arranged by Morton Gould


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General Info

Year: 1949
Duration: c. 3:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: G&C
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Errata

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Program Notes

The First Noel (also written "The First Noël" and "The First Nowell") is a traditional classical English Christmas carol, most likely from the early modern period, although possibly earlier. Noel is an Early Modern English synonym of "Christmas".

The First Noel is of Cornish origin. Its current form was first published in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833). Today, it is usually performed in a four-part hymn arrangement by the English composer John Stainer, first published in his Carols, New and Old in 1871.

The melody is unusual among English folk melodies in that it consists of one musical phrase repeated twice, followed by a refrain which is a variation on that phrase. All three phrases end on the third of the scale. It is thought to be a version of an earlier melody sung in a church gallery setting; a conjectural reconstruction of this earlier version can be found in the New Oxford Book of Carols.

The Annunciation to the shepherds and the Adoration of the shepherds are episodes in the Nativity of Jesus described in the second chapter of the Gospel of Luke (Luke 2). The Star of Bethlehem appears in the story of the Magi (the Wise Men) in the Gospel of Matthew; it does not appear in the story of the shepherds.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


The orchestral version of the Morton Gould arrangement of The First Noel was played and record by the Boston Pops, conducted by Arthur Fiedler.


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Performances

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  • Monroe County (Mich.) Community College/Community Band (Mark Felder, conductor) – 10 December 2018


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