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The Bells of Christmas

by Lisa Lonie

Recording of favorite Christmas tunes performed by Lisa Lonie on the 62-bell Carillon at Longwood Gardens.
Genre: Holiday: Classical
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1. Westminster
5:25 album only
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2. Carol of the Bells
1:36 album only
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3. It's Beginning to Look Like Christmas
1:50 album only
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4. Deck the Hall
1:15 album only
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5. Here We Come a-Caroling
1:25 album only
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6. I Wonder as I Wander
2:44 album only
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7. Come All Ye Shepherds
2:01 album only
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8. What Child Is This?
2:09 album only
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9. Pat-a-Pan
1:55 album only
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10. Silver Bells
2:32 album only
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11. Winter Wonderland
1:26 album only
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12. The Christmas Song
2:37 album only
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13. Angels We Have Heard On High
2:13 album only
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14. The First Nowell
2:24 album only
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15. Angel Voices
4:19 album only
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16. Bring a Torch
2:09 album only
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17. Away in the Manger
3:24 album only
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18. The Holly and the Ivy
4:03 album only
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19. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
1:20 album only
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20. One Small Child
5:36 album only
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21. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
2:54 album only
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22. Parade of the Wooden Soldiers
3:24 album only
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23. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
2:38 album only
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24. Jingle Bells
1:39 album only
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25. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
3:57 album only
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26. O Come All Ye Faithful
3:49 album only
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27. Silent Night
3:02 album only
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28. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
1:43 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Bells of Christmas
Featuring the 62-bell Carillon at Longwood Gardens
Lisa Lonie, Carillonneur

About Lisa Lonie
Lisa Lonie is the carillonneur of three prestigious carillons in the Delaware Valley: Princeton University, St. Thomas’ Church, Whitemarsh and The Church of the Holy Trinity in Philadelphia. She is also a regional instructor for the North American Carillon School. Ms. Lonie is a North American trained carillonneur, having studied with Frank Law and Frank DellaPenna at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. She is a carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), former chair of the Examinations Committee, and member of its Board of Directors. Ms. Lonie is a frequent recitalist throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe and has performed in internationally acclaimed carillon festivals, as well as for several national and international congresses and conferences of the GCNA, the World Carillon Federation (2014 and 1996) and the American Guild of Organists.

About Our 62-bell Carillon
The arts at Longwood are as alive, inspiring, and beautiful as our Gardens. Since 1909, performing arts have played a prominent role at Longwood Gardens, one of the world’s great gardens located about 30 miles west of Philadelphia. Just as our founder, Pierre S. du Pont, showcased the leading artists of his time in these spectacular gardens, the vision continues today. Longwood’s impressive year-round schedule includes local artists, Grammy-award winning musicians, worldrenowned dance ensembles, and a host of interpretive exhibitions and displays that add to Longwood’s lure. Come and experience the arts among the art of horticulture.

A carillon is a musical instrument composed of at least 23 bells, arranged in a sequence according to their pitch. The Chimes Tower that holds the Longwood carillon was built in 1930 and at the time had 25 tubular chimes that played the quarter hours and old familiar tunes. Several renovations and updates have been necessary since the Chimes Tower was first opened. Longwood’s current 5-octave carillon with 62 cast bronze bells was made in the Netherlands and debuted at Longwood in 2001. The bells range in size with the largest bell (b-fl at) at almost 6 feet in diameter, and the smallest bell (C) at about 6 inches in diameter. The bells are stationary with only the cast-iron clappers moving. The Longwood carillon can be played by hand on a 7-foot wide baton keyboard with 62 large wooden ‘keys’ that are struck by the performer’s closed hand or the instrument can also be played using a new touch-sensitive computer system that is powered by an electromagnet.

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