The LibriVox community wants to bring you a special treat for the 2006 Holiday Season. Here is a collection of traditional Christmas carols recorded by our wonderful voluteers. Enjoy! (Summary by Linda)
The Souls of Black Folk is a well-known work of African-American literature by activist W.E.B. Du Bois. The book, published in 1903, contains several essays on race, some of which had been previously published in Atlantic Monthly magazine. Du Bois drew from his own experiences to develop this groundbreaking work on being African-American in American society. Outside of its notable place in African-American history, The Souls of Black Folk also holds an important place in social science as one of the first works to deal with sociology. (Summary from Wikipedia.org)
Librivox’s first collection of sung and spoken folk ballads (13 in collection).
A collection of classic Christian hymns spanning the centuries. Some LibriVox volunteers read the hymns; others sung them. (Summary by Leon Mire)
Librivox volunteers sing twenty of their favourite hymns.
All Glory Laud and Honor - Words translated from the Latin of Theodolph of Orleans; Tune: St. Theodulph by Melchior Teschner; harmony by William H. Monk.
Amazing Grace - Tune: New Britain by James P. Carrell and David S. Clayton, Harmony by Edwin Othello Excell.
Be Thou My Vision - Tune: Slane (Irish traditional).
Blessed Assurance - Tune: Assurance, by Phoebe Knapp.
Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing - Tune: Nettleton by John Wyeth.
Dear Lord and Father of Mankind - Music: Repton by Charles Parry.
For The Beauty of the Earth - Tune: Dix by Conrad Kocher.
His Eye is on the Sparrow - Tune: His Eye is on the Sparrow by Charles Hutchinson Gabriel.
I Am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Tune first found in Kentucky Harmony by Ananias Davisson.
I Sing the Almighty Power of God - Tune: Forest Green (Trad. English), arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
I Surrender All - Tune: I surrender all by Winfield Scott Weeden.
It is Well with My Soul - Tune: Ville du Havre by Philip Paul Bliss.
Just As I Am - Tune: Woodworth by William B. Bradbury.
My Jesus I Love Thee - Tune: Gordon by Adoniram J. Gordon.
Rock of Ages - Tune: Toplady by Thomas Hastings.
Softly and Tenderly - Words and Music by Will Thompson.
Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus - Tune: Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus by William James Kirkpatrick.
Trust and Obey - Tune: Trust and Obey, by Daniel B. Towner.
We Gather Together - Arrangement and Latin translation: Eduard Kremser; English translation: Theodore Baker.
A biography of the Polish composer and virtuoso pianist Frédéric Chopin and a critical analysis of his work by American music writer and critic James Huneker. (Summary by Julie VW)
This is a collection of 14 songs chosen from Walter Crane's "The Baby's Opera" and "The Baby's Bouquet" containing classic nursery rhymes from England, France, and Germany. The songs are sung by LibriVox's very own Carol Stripling.
Lilli Lehmann, born Elisabeth Maria Lehmann, was a German operatic soprano of phenomenal versatility. She was also a voice teacher.She wrote: "Every serious artist has a sincere desire to help others reach the goal—the goal toward which all singers are striving: to sing well and beautifully." This is the 1915 second (expanded) edition of her book, and the accompanying online book scan includes many illustrations and diagrams, both physiological and musical, which the listener will find useful.Much of Lilli Lehmann's advice is complex and demanding - the standards which she set for herself were beyond the highest aspirations of most professional singers. However, there is still much in this book that is enlightening to all those who are interested in using their voice to best advantage, both in song and the spoken word. (Summary by Ruth Golding and Wikipedia)
The LibriVox community wants to bring you a special treat for the 2009 Holiday Season. Here is a collection of 30 traditional Christmas carols performed in a variety of styles by our wonderful volunteers. Enjoy!
LibriVox volunteers get into the festive spirit to bring you this year's selection of carols and Christmas music - both sacred and secular.
An analysis of Johann Sebastian Bach's life and musical compositions, and of the artistic, philosophical, and religious world in which he acted. (Introduction by Kathleen Norland)
This book talks about teaching, learning and performing on the piano in a delightful style, alternating between conversation and instruction. As he was the father of Clara Schumann and Robert Schumann's teacher, need I say more? (Summary by SandraG)Cast:Narrator: sparks0314Dominie: Algy PugEmma: Sarah HoltzFriend: Marty KrisBessie: ChyAnne DonnellHerr Zach: bishMrs Zach: Liberty StumpStock: Marty KrisMr Buffalo: AlanMrs Solid: Janet248Emily: Sandra GJohn Spriggins: bishMrs Spriggins: SallyMCLizzie: Sandra GMr. Shepard: AlanMrs N.: Nadine Eckert-BouletFatima: Arielle LipshawMr Feeble: AlanMr Gold: bishMrs Gold: Liberty StumpMr Pious: David LawrenceMr Forte: Marty KrisMr Silver: David Olson
May Wedderburn is a quiet provincial girl, living in small and seemingly boring Skernford. Underneath the dull exterior, there is mystery, suspicion and fear in this little town, surrounding the austere local wealthy landowner who is very interested in marrying poor May. It looks as though she will have to marry him whether she likes it or not until an unsuspected alliance is formed between her and a respected old lady. They both escape to Germany where music and excitement await them.
Editing and additional proof-listening by Betsie Bush & Sarah Jennings.
LibriVox volunteers bring you this year's selection of 25 sacred and secular carols and Christmas songs, in English, German and Latin.
LibriVox volunteers bring you this year's selection of 23 sacred and secular carols, hymns and Christmas songs, in English, French, German, Japanese and Latin.
This collection was a joint effort by the chaplains of the US Army and the Navy to meet the needs of divine services conducted in the Army and Navy, and for, in the compilers' words, "the upbuilding up patriotic citizenship."
These 20 hymns from the book were selected by the singers. (Summary by Kevin Davidson)
"Fairest Lord Jesus" sung by Kimberly Krause and TriciaG
"Safe in the Arms of Jesus" sung by by Dulcimergirl and Kimberly Krause
This year's LibriVox selection of traditional Christmas carols, hymns and songs in English, French, German, Greek, Italian and Ukrainian. We wish you all a happy and peaceful Christmas.
All Children are on Christmas Eve - Words & Music: Rev. Charles L. Hutchins (1838-1920).
Angels from the Realms of Glory - Words: James Montgomery (1771-1854); Music: Henry T. Smart (1813-1879).
Angels We Have Heard on High - Words: French Carol, trans. James Chadwick (1813-1882). Music: 'Gloria' French carol melody.
The Babe of Bethlehem - Old Kentish carol, arr. Henry R. Bramley (1833-1917) & John Stainer (1840-1901).
The First Nowell - traditional English carol, first published in its current form in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) edited by William Sandys.
Good King Wenceslas - Words: John Mason Neale (1818-1866). Music: from Piae Cantiones (1582) arr. Henry R. Bramley (1833-1917) & John Stainer (1840-1901).
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing - Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) Music: Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), arr. William H. Cummings (1831-1915).
The Holly and the Ivy - Words: Traditional. Music: Traditional, arr. Henry R. Bramley (1833-1917) & John Stainer (1840-1901).
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day - Words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) Music: John B. Calkin (1827-1905).
In Little Bethlehem - Words: Katherine Parker; Music: George W. Wilmot. In Beginner and Primary Songs for use in Sunday School and the Home.
In the Bleak Midwinter - Words: Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894); Music: Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934).
Joy to the World - Words: Words: Isaac Watts (1674 - 1748); Music: 'Antioch' pieced together from 'Messiah' by George F. Handel (1685 - 1759) arr. Lowell Mason (1792-1872).
Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming - Words: Words: v. 1-2, 15th Century German, trans. Theodore Baker ( 1851–1934); v. 3,4 Fridrich Layriz (1808-1859), trans. Harriet Reynolds Krauth (1845-1925); v. 5, 15th Century German, trans. John C. Mattes(1876-1948). Music: 'Es Ist Ein Ros Entsprungen (Rhythmic)' German from Köln, 1599, arr. Michael Praetorius (1571-1621).
Masters in this Hall, or, Nowell, Sing We Clear - Words: William Morris (1834-1896); Music: French Traditional.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Words: translated from the Latin by John Mason Neale (1818-1866). Music: 'Veni Emmanuel', 15th Century.
Rise Up, Shepherd an' Foller - Words & Music: American Traditional arr. Franklin Robinson.
Sweet Was the Song the Virgin Sung - From William Ballet's Lute Book c.1600. Music: arr. Dr. Charles Wood (1866–1926).
Wassail! Wassail All Over the Town! (Gloucestershire Wassail) - Words & Music: English Traditional.
We Three Kings of Orient Are - Words & Music: Rev. John Henry Hopkins, Jr. D.D. (1821-1891).
What Child is This? - Words: William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898). Music: English Traditional.
Dans cette étable - Words: French Traditional; Music: Charles Gounod (1818-1893).
Es kommt ein Schiff geladen - Words: Daniel Sudermann (1550 - 1631?); Music: first published in Andernacher Gesangbuch 1608.
I Parthenos Simeron (Η Παρθένος Σήμερον) or Today the Virgin - Words and music: St. Romanos the Melodist (5th Century).
Canzone di Natale - Music: Arranged by Alberto Bimboni.
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Коляда (Kolyada) - Words and music: Traditional Ukrainian..
Про різдво Христове... (Prorizdvo Khrystove) - Words and music: Traditional Ukrainian.
This year's LibriVox selection of traditional favourites and lesser-known Christmas carols in English, French, German and Latin, including a 17th century harmonisation of a plain chant melody from Susan, French poems set to original music by Ezwa, and Ryan's version of Händel's Hallelujah Chorus. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas.
The Story That Never Grows Old: Words by James M. Gray (1851 - 1935); music by Ira D. Sankey (1840 - 1908)
From Far Away: Words edited by Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833 - 1917); music edited by Sir John Stainer (1840 - 1901).
Oh du fröhliche: Sicilianisches Fischerlied.
A Virgin Most Pure: Anonymous English manuscript, c. 1777, collected by Davies Gilbert (1823).
Creator alme siderum: Plain chant melody, harmonised by Sebastiano Cherici (1647 - 1703).
Good Christian Men, Rejoice!: Words edited by Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833 - 1917); music edited by Sir John Stainer (1840 - 1901).
O Christmas Tree: German folk song, various German authors, translator unknown.
Chantons les louanges: Words, author unknown, from Cantiques de Noël anciens et nouveaux (1862); music by Ezwa.
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus: Words by Charles Wesley (1707 - 1788); music by Rowland H. Prichard (1811 - 1887).
Hallelujah!: from Messiah by G. F. Händel (1685 - 1759).
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks: Words by Nahum Tate (1652 - 1715); music Winchester Old, from Whole Book of Psalmes, by Thomas Est (1540?–1608).
O Dieu, quelle nouveauté: Words, author unknown, from Cantiques de Noël anciens et nouveaux (1862); music by Ezwa.
A Christmas Carol (All the Skies Tonight Sing o'er Us): Words by Rev. John O'Connor (1870 - 1952); music German.
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly: Words and music: Traditional Polish carol, translated and arranged by Edith Margaret Gellibrand Reed (1885 - 1933).
Le sommeil de l'enfant Jésus: Words and music by François-Auguste Gevaert (1828 - 1908).
Ye Shepherds Leave Your Flocks: Words and music Old French, translated by Caroline Hazard (1856 - 1945).
Kling, Glöckchen, klingelingeling: Words by Karl Enslin (1819 - 1875); music by Benedikt Widmann (1820 - 1910).
O Come, All Ye Faithful: Words: John F. Wade (1711 - 1786). v.1-3, 6 translated by Frederick Oakeley, 1841; v. 4, 5 Translated by William T. Brooke (1848 - 1917); music: 'Adeste Fideles' or 'Portuguese Hymn' John F. Wade, 1743.
Love Came Down at Christmas: Words by Christina Rossetti (1830 - 1894); music by J. E. Borland (1866 - 1937). From Carols Old and Carols New (1916) by Charles L. Hutchins (1838 - 1920).
Hymn for Christmas Day (See Amid the Winter's Snow): Words and music by Edward Caswall (1814 - 1878); words edited by Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833 - 1917); music arranged by Sir John Stainer (1840 - 1901)
Oh! la bonne nouvelle: Words, author unknown, from Cantiques de Noël anciens et nouveaux (1862); music by Ezwa.
This year's selection includes traditional favourites and lesser-known Christmas carols in English and French. (Summary by Ruth Golding)
Bergers, qui êtes ici bas, author unknown; music by Ezwa.
A Christmas Lullaby, words by John Addington Symonds (1840 - 1893); music by BookAngel7.
Go Tell it on the Mountain, words by John Wesley Work, Jr.(1873-1925); music African-American spiritual.
Notre divin Maître, author unknown, music by Ezwa.
Saw You Never, In the Twilight? words by Cecil F. Alexander (1818 - 1895); music Chartres, 15th century French melody.
This Endris Night, 15th century English carol; author and composer unknown; music from the 1905 English Hymnal.
Quittez, pasteurs, author unknown; music by Ezwa.
Yule Returns, words by Rev. R. Watham; music by Vernon Bryan Crowther-Beynon (1866 - 1941).
Christmas Carol No. 3, words by Christina Rossetti; music by Susan Hawthorne.
Cradle Hymn: Hush, My Dear, Lie Still and Slumber, words by Isaac Watts (1674-1748); music traditional Welsh, arranged by Robert Bryan (1858-1920).
Bergers, allons voir dans l'étable, author unknown, music by Ezwa.
What Child is This?, words by William Chatterton Dix (1837 - 1898); Music: Greensleeves 16th century English traditional, setting from The Sunday School Hymnal and Service Book, 1871.
O Come, O Come, Emmanuel, words translated from the Latin by John Mason Neale (1818 - 1866); music 15th century French.
A Christmas Carol: Dry Your Tears, Ye Silent Mourners, words by Lady Catherine Petre (1831 - 1882); music by Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795 - 1856).
The Twelve Days of Christmas, words and music traditional altered and arranged by Frederic Austin (1872 - 1952).
Noël sur la circoncision, author unknown, music by Ezwa.
Unto Us Is Born a Son, author unknown, from the 15th century Latin; music arranged by Geoffrey Shaw (1879-1943).
In Dulci Jubilo, words 14th century German, translated by Robert Lucas Pearsall (1795 - 1856).
I Sing the Birth Was Born Tonight, words by Ben Jonson (1573-1637); music by Dmitri S. Bortniansky (1751-1825).
Deck the Hall, words traditional, possibly alt. Mrs. L. A. Bradbury; music Nos Galan, traditional Welsh melody, arranged by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford (1852 – 1924).
Infant Holy, Infant Lowly, words from a traditional Polish carol translated by Edith M. Reed (1885-1933); music Polish carol W Zlobie Lezy, arranged by Edith M. Reed.
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, words and music traditional English, author and composer unknown.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807 - 1882); music Waltham by John Baptiste Calkin (1827 – 1905).
Silence Ciel, silence Terre, author unknown, music by Ezwa.
Once in Royal David's City, words by Cecil F. Alexander (1818-1895) from Hymns for Little Children 1848; music Irby by Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1875).
Christmas Carol (Nowell, Nowell), traditional carol from about 1460, author and composer unknown. Words of a traditional wassail song added by William Chappell (1809 - 1888).
Coventry Carol, words by Robert Croo from the 15th Century Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors. (15th Century); music 15th century found by Thomas Sharp (1770-1841) and published in Dissertations in 1825.
Dans le calme de la nuit, author unknown, music by Ezwa.
Brightest and Best of the Sons of the Morning, words by Reginald Heber (1783-1826); music Morning Star by James Proctor Harding (1850-1911).
O Come All Ye Faithful, words and music by John Francis Wade (1711–1786).
The late Pitts Sanborn wrote this booklet under the title Beethoven and his Nine Symphonies... I have left Mr. Sanborn’s pages on the symphonies virtually intact and have only expanded the work a little by incorporating here and there matter about other major works of Beethoven’s, especially some of the concertos, overtures, piano and vocal works, besides certain of the greater specimens of his chamber music.,,, I have followed it in order to supply a rather fuller picture of the composer’s creative achievements. - Summary by Editor's Note (Herbert F. Peyser)
Included in this little book are analyses and backgrounds of most of Tschaikowsky’s standard concert music. A short sketch of Tschaikowsky’s life precedes the section devoted to the orchestral music. Yet, the personal outlook and moods of Russia’s great composer are so inextricably bound up with his music, that actually the whole booklet is an account of his strangely tormented life. In the story of Tschaikowsky, life and art weave into one closely knit fabric. It is hoped that this simple narrative will aid music lovers to glimpse the great pathos and struggle behind the music of this sad and lonely man. - Summary by Author's Foreword
Haydn, barring a few hardships in his youth, lived an extraordinarily fortunate life and had abundant reason for the optimism which marked every step of his progress.... Haydn was a master by the grace of Heaven and a servant only by the artificial conventions of a temporary social order... About the vast number of symphonies, the magnificent string quartets, the clavier works, the songs there can here be no question. - Summary by Author's Foreword
Handel’s long career resembles a gigantic tapestry, so bewilderingly crowded with detail, so filled with turmoil and vicissitude, with vast achievements, extremes of good and ill fortune, and unending comings and goings that any attempt to force even a small part of it into the frame of a tiny, unpretentious booklet of the present sort is as hopeless as it is presumptuous.... Handel was time and again a composer of exquisitely delicate colorations, and sensuous style, not to say a largely unsuspected master of many subtle intricacies of rhythm. The present pamphlet, wholly without originality or novelty of approach, may, perchance, induce the casual reader to renew his interest in Handel’s prodigious treasury, so much of it neglected, not to say actually undiscovered by multitudes of music lovers. - Summary by Author's Foreword
In the compass of the present pamphlet it is impossible to give more than a cursory survey of Mendelssohn’s happy but extraordinarily crowded life. He was only slightly less prolific a composer than such masters as Bach, Mozart or Schubert, even if he did not reach the altitude of their supreme heights. But irrespective of the quality of much of his output, the sheer mass of it is astounding, the more so when we consider the extent of his travels and the unceasing continuity of his professional and social activities, which immensely exceeded anything of the kind in the career of Schubert or Bach. - Summary by Author's Foreword
There was not much truly spectacular about the course of [Strauss's] life, which was most happily free from the material troubles which bedeviled the existence of so many great masters... If “Salome” and “Elektra”, “Ein Heldenleben” and “Till Eulenspiegel” were in their day scandalously “sensational” did not the whirligig of time reveal them as incontestable products of genius, irrespective of inequalities and flaws? However Richard Strauss compares in the last analysis with this or that master he contributed to the language of music idioms, procedures and technical accomplishments typical of the confused years and conflicting ideals out of which they were born. His works are most decidedly of an age, whether or not they are for all time! From Author's Foreword.
[This is] the sketchiest outline of Robert Schumann’s short life but amazingly rich achievement. Together with Haydn and Schubert he was, perhaps, the most completely lovable of the great masters. It is hard, moreover, to think of a composer more strategically placed in his epoch or more perfectly timed in his coming. Tone poet, fantast, critic, visionary, prophet—he was all of these! And he passed through every phase, it seemed, of romantic experience. The great and even the semi-great of a fabulous period of music were his intimates—personages like Mendelssohn, Chopin, Liszt, Moscheles, Ferdinand David, Hiller, Joachim, Brahms. He won the woman he loved after a bitter struggle against a tyrannical father-in-law. He created much of the world’s greatest piano music, many of its loveliest songs, four great symphonies, superb chamber compositions and a good deal else. Summary from Author's Foreword
LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of Christmas carols for the 2016 holiday. his year's festive collection of 25 Christmas carols includes traditional favourites and lesser-known selections in English, French, German, Greek, Italian, and Latin. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas.
Allons tous à la crèche; author unknown; music by Ezwa.
Angels We Have Heard on High; words by James Chadwick (1813-1882); music traditional French.
Away in a Manger; author unknown; music by James Ramsay Murray (1841-1905).
Carol of the Birds; author unknown; music traditional French.
Célébrons la naissance; author unknown; music by Ezwa.
Deck the Halls; author unknown; music traditional Welsh.
Ecoutez bien l'histoire; author unknown; music by Ezwa.
Fröhliche Weihnacht überall; author unknown; music traditional.
Good King Wenceslas; words by John Mason Neale; music traditional.
Grand Dieu, c'est vous seul que j'implore; author unknown; music by Ezwa.
The Holly and the Ivy; author unknown; music traditional English.
I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day; words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882); music by John Baptiste Calkin (1827-1905).
In the Bleak Midwinter; words by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894); music by Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
La Naissance du Sauveur; author unknown; music by Ezwa.
The Noble Stem of Jesse; words and music by Michael Praetorius (1571 –1621).
O Come All Ye Faithful; by John Francis Wade.
O Holy Night; words by Placide Cappeau (1808–1877); music by Adolphe Adam (1803-1856).
Quand Dieu naquit à Noël; author unknown; music by Ezwa.
Slowly Fall the Snowflakes; words by Frederick G. Lee (1832-1902); music by William Borrow.
Saint Basil - New Years Song; original author unknown; English translation by Aristides E. Phoutrides (1887-1923), music traditional Greek.
Süßer die Glocken nie klingen; words by Wilhelm Kritzinger (1816-1890); music traditional German.
Today is Born of the Virgin - Σήμερον γενvάται εκ Παρθένου; author unknown; music traditional chant.
Tu Scendi Dalle Stelle; words and music by Saint Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787).
Veni, Veni Emmanuel; author unknown; music traditional chant.
The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy; author unknown; music traditional West Indian.
The first of three volumes of the first scholarly biography of Ludwig van Beethoven. Covers the years 1770-1802. - Summary by Zain Solinski
This 1898 book is the result of a survey of 107 hymn-books. The thirty-two hymns are ranked in order of popularity. The texts in this recording are said only, not sung, along with a few explanatory notes for each hymn (some footnotes, not all, here recorded). The texts are preceded by two essays concerning hymns and their standards. Benson (1855-1930) was an American Presbyterian minister who edited several hymnals. - Summary by David Wales
LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of 22 Christmas carols for the 2017 holiday. This year's collection includes traditional favorites and lesser-known selections in English, German, Italian, and Latin. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas.
Adeste Fidelis; words and music traditional .
Angels From the Realms of Glory; words by James Montgomery (1771-1854); music by Henry Smart (1813-1879).
A Babe is Born; words traditional; music by BookAngel7.
The Boar's Head; words and music traditional.
Child in the Manger; words by Mary M. MacDonald (1798-1872); tune traditional.
Canzone di Natale (Christmas Lullaby); words and music traditional .
Christmas Once is Christmas Still; words by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893); tune by BookAngel7.
Coventry Carol; words and music traditional.
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; words and music traditional.
Good Christian Men Rejoice; words by John Mason Neale (1818-1866 ); tune traditional.
Go Tell It On the Mountain; by John Wesley Work, Jr.
His Advent; words by Alfred Hayes (1857-1936); tune by Joseph Barnby (1838-1896).
The Holly and the Ivy; words and music traditional .
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; by Edward H. Sears (1810-1876); music by Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900).
O Come All Ye Faithful; words by Frederick Oakeley ( 1802-1880); tune traditional.
O Little Town of Bethlehem; words by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893); music by Lewis Henry Redner (1831-1908); additional music by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
O Tannenbaum; words by Ernst Anschütz ( 1780-1861); tune by Melchior Franck (1579-1639).
Pastor Bonus; words by Alfred Edward Alston (1862-1927); tune by commonsparrow3.
Silent Night; words in original German by Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863); English translation by John F. Young (1820-1885); music by Franz Xaver Gruber.
Good King Wenceslaus; words by John Mason Neale; music traditional .
What Child Is This?; words by William Chatterton Dix (1837-1898); tune traditional.
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night; words by Nahum Tate (1652-1715); music by George F. Handel (1685-1759).
"Owing to the appreciation which has been accorded to my three series of "Stories from the Operas," it has been decided to re-issue the collection in one volume, and to include in this additional stories of new and popular operas recently produced in England.The plan of the work, as before, is to present all the incidents of each libretto in the clear, readable form of a short story; and it is hoped that the combined volume will continue to prove of interest, not only to opera-goers but to all lovers of dramatic tales. The three volumes have been entirely reset and re-collated in a manner which it is hoped will make them easier for reference." - Summary by Gladys Davidson
'A guide to the meaning of important symphonies, overtures and tone-poems from Beethoven to the present day'. Gilman became notorious for scathing reviews of compositions later to become classics. Here he analyzes the stories behind some famous and not so famous works. - Summary by Lynne Thompson
John S. Shedlock covers the history of what might now be called the keyboard sonata, from Kuhnau's Sonata in B flat from 1695, believed at the time to be the earliest keyboard sonata, up the present day. Along the way, works by Emanuel Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Weber, Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Liszt and others are looked at, along with many musical extracts. - Summary by Jordan
LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of 21 Christmas carols for the 2018 holiday. This year's collection includes traditional favorites and lesser-known selections in English, Dutch, French, Greek, Scottish Gaelic, and German. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. - Summary by Maria Kasper
Avent; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
The Bitter Withy; words and music traditional.
Ça Bergers; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
The Cherry Tree; words and music traditional.
Χριστός Γεννάται Δοξάσατε (Christos Gennatai); words by Cosmas of Maiuma (d. 794); music by William J. Kirkpatrick (1838-1921).
Constant Christmas; words by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893); music by Timothy R. Matthews (1826–1910).
Coventry Carol; words and music traditional.
De Vos Ravissantes Voix; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
The First Noel; words and music traditional.
De Herdertjes Lagen Bij Nachte; words and music by Joseph Alberdingk Thijm (1820-1889).
In the Bleak Midwinter; words by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894); music by Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
King Herod and the Cock; words and music traditional.
Leanabh An Aigh; words by Mary M MacDonald (1789–1872); music traditional.
Many Hundred Years Ago; words by Bernard Reynolds (b. 1850); music by George Currie Martin (1865-1937).
Noel; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
O Come, O Come Emmanuael; words traditional Latin, English translation by John Mason Neale (1818-1866); music traditional.
See Amid the Winter Snow; words by John Goss (1800-1880); music by Romano.
Silent Night; words in German by Joseph Mohr (1792-1848); English translation by John F. Young (1820-1885); music by Franz Xaver Gruber (1786-1863).
Sois Bénis; words traditional French; music by Ezwa.
There's a Song in the Air; words by Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881); tune by Karl P. Harrington (1861-1953).
Auld Lang Syne; words by Robert Burns (1759-1796); music traditional.
Note: The Silent Night chorus consists of 57 LibriVox singers in German and English, organized and edited by Twinkle88. German text; English text
LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of 21 Christmas carols for the 2019 holiday. This year's collection includes traditional favorites and lesser-known selections in English and Italian. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year. - Summary by Maria Kasper
Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella; traditional French Provençal carol, English translation by E. Cuthbert Nunn (1868-1914).
Carol for Christmas Eve; traditional 16th century carol, words edited by Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833-1917), original tune by RomanosMusic.
Deck the Halls; traditional Welsh carol.
The First Nowell; traditional English carol, from 1871 arrangement by John Stainer (1840-1901).
Gesù Bambino; words and music by Pietro Yon (1886-1943).
How Great Our Joy; traditional German carol, English translation by Theodore Baker (1851-1934).
In the Bleak Midwinter; words by Christina Rossetti (1830-1894); music by Gustav Holst (1874-1934).
Joy to the World; words by Isaac Watts (1674-1748); music by Lowell Mason (1792-1872).
O Come, O Come Emmanuel; traditional Latin Hymn, English translation by John Mason Neale (1818-1866).
Oh Little Town of Bethlehem; words by Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), music by Louis Henry Redner (1831-1908).
O Holy Night; words by Placide Capeau (1808-1877), music by Adolphe Adam (1803-1856).
Once in Royal David’s City; words by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895); music by Henry Gauntlett (1805-1876).
On Christmas Night; traditional Sussex carol, collected by Ralph Vaughn Williams (1872-1958).
Santa Claus; words and music by Nathan Haskell Dole (1852-1935).
See Amid the Winter Snow; words by Edward Caswall (1814-1878); music by John Goss (1800-1880).
The Twelve Days of Christmas; 18th century English folk song, from 1909 arrangement by Frederic Austin (1872-1952).
Wassail Song; traditional English folk carol, collected by Cecil Sharp (1859-1924).
We Three Kings of Orient Are; words and music by John Henry Hopkins Jr. (1820-1891).
When Bloody Herod Reigned King; traditional west country English carol.
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night; words by Nahum Tate (1652-1715); music traditional Yorkshire melody.
Note: The First Nowell chorus consists of 27 LibriVox musicians, organized and edited by Twinkle88.