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In hopes of sharing some light and joy on this longest night, I'd like to share my cello tapestry of a 14th-century carol, "In Dulci Jubilo".

I've always loved this carol, 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.

When creating this instrumental version, I was at first concerned that, without lyrics, it might turn out to be too repetitive. (Why no lyrics? Because, of course, my cello doesn't know any Latin.) However, I was pleased to find that the tune & chords welcome improvisation; 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.)

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from Winter Greens: Carols for the Season, released December 4, 2020
Traditional, 14th century. 5th verse countermelody was based on an 1857 tune by James Lord Pierpont. Arrangement by Betsy Tinney.

Cello, bodhran & zills: Betsy Tinney

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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

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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