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Holly and Hearth

by John Garvey

Atmospheric arrangements of unfamiliar carols from the Renaissance and Middle Ages, plus a couple of old standards turned inside-out.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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1. Silent Night, L.A. Night
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2. Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star
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3. A Little Child There Is Ybore
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4. Yeoman's Carol
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5. Green Grow'th the Holly
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6. Deck the Halls
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7. Get Ivy and Holly, Woman
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8. Resonet In Laudibus
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9. Wexford Carol
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10. Divinum Mysterium
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11. Childing of a Maiden Bright
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12. Tinsel Nights
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13. The Holly and the Ivy
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14. Et In Terra Pax
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
John Garvey’s debut album features a selection of carols from the 11th century through the 19th century, plus two which are his own compositions. While beginning and ending with contemporary arrangements, the album mainly takes a playful approach to historical instruments and music. Some of the tracks even feature ambient sounds which sharpen and add color to the images of storied ages past already conjured in the mind’s eye by the music.

Track notes:

Silent Night, L.A. Night
Music: Franz Gruber, 1818
Please turn off your cell phone as you approach the manger.

Twinkle Twinkle, Little Star
Music: French, 18th century
An arrangement for celesta, pipe organ and deep-space probe.

A Little Child There Is Ybore
Music: Old German melody
A lullaby arranged for infant, guitar, flute and angels.

Yeoman’s Carol
Music: English, 18th century
Here be a galloping horse, a blizzard and hearty laughter by a blazing hearth.

Green Grow’th the Holly
Music: Attributed to King Henry VIII
A quiet melody for guitar, rain, recorders, crackling fire, harpsichord and church bell.

Deck the Halls
Music: Old Welsh air
Monks in an old stone chapel bring out some instruments and loosen up a bit.

Get Ivy and Holly, Woman
Music: English, 16th century
A recorder and a guitar entertain at a merry feast.

Resonet In Laudibus
Music: German, 14th century
Performed as a folk dance with piccolo, violin, hand drum and tamborine.

Wexford Carol
Music: Irish, 12th century
The melody travels from Ireland to ancient Israel and Persia and back again.

Divinum Mysterium
Music: 12th century
A capella voices, a vaulted nave, and sunlight through stained glass.

Childing of a Maiden Bright
Music: 11th or 12th century
An anthem arranged for synth choir and light rays.

Tinsel Nights
Music: John Garvey, 2006
A lullaby for bowed glass, glockenspiel, English horn and flute.

The Holly and the Ivy
Music: Old French carol
Arranged for flute, strings, trumpet, timpani, drums, merry organ and synth choir.

Et In Terra Pax
Music: John Garvey, 2006
Si vis pacem para bellum. –Vegetius ("If you want peace, prepare for war.")

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