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This is a traditional English carol dating back to the late 15th century, and is one of the stranger "Christmas carols" I've encountered. The lyrics (of which there are many versions) evoke a brooding and mysterious setting: a dark forest, a gilded hall, the sound of bells, blossom and thorn, and (always) water and blood and birth. Some versions also include a knight, a hound, and/or a falcon. This carol also has several tunes; the one I'm using is an anonymous tune that was collected in 1908 by the composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (though it was likely centuries old by the time he encountered it).

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from Winter Greens: Carols for the Season, released December 4, 2020
Cello, guitar (acoustic & MIDI), glockenspiel (MIDI): Betsy Tinney

Arrangement by Betsy Tinney.

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NEW ALBUM on December 4!

Winter Greens: Carols for the Season includes all my previously released cello carols (remixed & mastered), plus a few new ones.

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