In Dulci Jubilo

by Betsy Tinney

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I've always loved the 14th-century carol "In Dulci Jubilo", especially when sung by a choir in Latin. When I was little, our town had a tradition in which we gathered on Christmas Eve to sing carols on God's Acre (a small central park featuring the town's immense Christmas tree). People would hand out lyric sheets and hot cocoa, and we'd sing everything from Jingle Bells to ancient medieval carols. I loved the medieval ones the best, especially the few (like this one) that were sung at least partly in Latin.

At first I was concerned that, without lyrics, the melody might turn out to be too repetitive. (Why no lyrics? Because, of course, my cello doesn't know any Latin.) However, after playing with the piece for a while, I was pleased to find that the melody and chord structure were easy to improvise against. So, off we went - and this was the result! (My brain did take a bit of a left turn late in the piece, but returned in time for the closing verse.)

I hope you all enjoy it - and that you all have a lovely December!


released December 12, 2017
cello, bodhran & zills: Betsy Tinney
arrangement by Betsy Tinney


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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy Tinney, recipient of the Pegasus Award for Best Performer, is a Northwest cellist known both for her graceful musicality and her broad versatility. She has performed and recorded with many different groups, from solo acoustic performers to large rock bands; she also performs solo, using a combination of acoustic cello and electronic looper that creates an interwoven tapestry of sound. ... more

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