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Ding dong! merrily on high

Ding dong! merrily on high

3rd December 2019

Continuing on in our series of Christmas carols, it’s ‘Ding dong! merrily on high’, one of our personal favourites! Its first appearance (words only) was in George Ratcliffe Woodward‘s Carols for Yule-tide (privately printed, Highgate Village, 1922): Traditionally, the first edition of ‘Ding dong! merrily on high’ (and ‘Past three a clock’) have been ascribed […]

A Russian choir in Victorian England

A Russian choir in Victorian England

24th August 2017

Dmitrii Agrenev-Slaviansky (1834–1908) was a Russian singer who founded a choir in 1868, and toured for many years around Europe and the USA.  According to one source, they gave more than 15,000 concerts over 40 years. This printed programme, from 1886, shows the kind of thing Western audiences could hear, many of them, such as […]

Musical fundraiser

Musical fundraiser

19th February 2014

This book came in recently, appealing to my interests in Russia, music, and (as you may have read before) the First World War.  Dating from 1914, it’s a charitable publication: ‘20% from each copy sold will go towards helping the All-Russian Zemstvo Union for Aid to Sick and Wounded Troops’ (founded July 1914), it reads. […]

G. R. Woodward, priest and printer

G. R. Woodward, priest and printer

18th December 2012

The Reverend George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934) is remembered today (if remembered at all) as the author of the carols ‘Ding dong! merrily on high’ and ‘Past three a clock’.  His major contributions to English church music, however, are now all but overlooked: the compilations Songs of Syon (1904), The Cowley Carol Book (1901) and, later, […]

Sol-fa Spem

Sol-fa Spem

22nd November 2011

Thomas Tallis’s forty-part motet, Spem in alium, is one of the greatest achievements in Renaissance music.  It is a monumental work, and the earliest surviving manuscript (with an English text, ‘Sing and glorifie heavens high Maiesty’, for when the piece was sung probably at the investiture of Henry as Prince of Wales in 1610) is […]