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No​ë​l Nouvelet

from Winter Greens: Carols for the Season by Betsy Tinney

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This piece is a traditional French carol that dates back to the late 15th century. Some sources suggest that it was originally a New Year's carol (the word nouvelet has the same root as Noël, both stemming from the word for news and newness). However, some of the oldest lyrics for Noël Nouvelet (from 1487) celebrate the news of the nativity and the figures in the crèche.

My arrangement features cello, bodhran and guitar (and neither Nativity nor New Year's lyrics). It's worth noting that this is the first time I've ever played guitar on a recording. I hadn't touched my guitar in years, so my fingers were pretty sore afterward (unfortunately, guitar calluses are in a completely different spot from cello calluses). I'm pretty happy with how the recording turned out, though, so there may well be more guitar from me in the future. (My guitar, by the way, is a wee thing in a rich burgundy color; her name is Sangria.)


from Winter Greens: Carols for the Season, released December 4, 2020
Traditional French carol (1487). Arrangement by Betsy Tinney. Recorded & mixed by Betsy Tinney. Mastered by Alexander James Adams.

Cello, bodhran & guitar: Betsy Tinney


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Betsy Tinney Seattle, Washington

Betsy is a cello storyteller. Using her cello and an electronic looper, she weaves rich, complex and varied tapestries of sound; her original cello compositions paint pictures and tell tales, from thunderstorms and skeletal mice to dancing elephants and humpback whales. ... more

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