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  • 2014 December 21: O Come, O Come Emmanuel

    December 04, 2016 10:30

    "O Come O Come Emmanuel" is a modernized version of the so called "O Antiphons", a set of pieces traditionally sung at Vespers (evening service) for the seven days leading up to Christmas Eve. Each highlights a different aspect of the Christ, and all are taken from the Book of Isaiah... (more )

  • 2016 November 27: Greensleeves

    November 19, 2016 08:39

    Greensleeves is traditionally ascribed to King Henry VIII. However, the piece is based on an Italian style of composition that did not reach England until after Henry’s death, making it more likely Elizabethan in origin. In Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor (written, c.1597; first published in 1602), the character Mistress Ford refers twice to "the tune of ’Greensleeves’", and Falstaff later exclaims: “Let the sky rain potatoes! Let it thunder to the tune of ‘Greensleeves’!”

  • 2014 September 21: Isaac Watts

    November 06, 2016 10:30

    Isaac Watts (1674–1748) was an English logician, Christian theologian, and the author of some 750 hymn texts, including "O God, Our Help in Ages Past". Watts was brought up in the home of a committed religious Nonconformist; his father, also Isaac Watts, was imprisoned twice for his views. Watts received a classical education, learning Latin, Greek and Hebrew. (more )

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