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The New Oxford Book Of Carols

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Edited by early music experts Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott, this anthology of Christmas carols is the most comprehensive collection ever made, spanning seven centuries of caroling in Britain, continental Europe, and North America. Containing music and text of 201 carols, many in more than one setting, the book is organized in two sections: composed carols, ranging from me ...more
Hardcover, 744 pages
Published November 5th 1992 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Meredith
For those interested in Christmas carols (especially those carols outside the standard, late 20th Century, popular, American canon), The New Oxford Book of Carols is an excellent resource. And although this book is a product of the music department at Oxford University and contains a fair amount of musical arrangements and notations, it is still accessible to people who aren't well versed in music.

The New Oxford Book of Carols presents an authoritative anthology. It contains a handy table of
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Brian Beakley
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful, endless historical dig through the minute details of hundred of Christmas carols. I can sit and read this thing for hours. The book that turned me on to Personent Hodie.
Joy Matteson
Well, if you love the origins of Christmas carols, or enjoy playing original historical tunes as a musician, or are just simply curious about where some carols came from--go to the source, and read this hugely comprehensive volume. Who knew so many early Christmas carols were anti-Semitic, for instance? Or that cradle rocking was trendy in 14th - 16th century Germany? Well, you would know this if you read this book.
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