12.11.2011

our musical advent calendar, day 11

Inspired by Pinterest, Anna wanted to do an advent calendar. And inspired by Advent Conspiracy, she wanted to make it about presence, not presents. Ian had a brilliant idea to use music. We each picked out some of our favorite Christmas songs and will be counting down with festive tunes.

day 11. "The First Nowell" - Robert Shaw & Robert Shaw Chamber Singers


I could very well be in the vast minority on this one, but sometimes, my soul needs to be nourished by chamber music. It happens maybe once a month, where I find myself searching and searching on my iPod for something to listen to, only to flip to some series of choral arrangements that I keep for that occasion alone.

I've always had a soft spot for this type of music, and the Robert Shaw arrangement is one of the best (sorry we couldn't find it on YouTube, but this is a good classical choral arrangement). I'll keep it simple and only say enjoy one of the most simple and beautiful Christmas hymns.
—Ian

The First Noel, the angels did say
Was to certain poor shepherds in fields as they lay
In fields where they lay keeping their sheep
On a cold winter's night that was so deep.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

They looked up and saw a star
Shining in the East beyond them far
And to the earth it gave great light
And so it continued both day and night.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

And by the light of that same star
Three wise men came from country far
To seek for a King was their intent
And to follow the star wherever it went.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

This star drew nigh to the northwest
O'er Bethlehem it took its rest
And there it did both pause and stay
Right o'er the place where Jesus lay.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then entered in those wise men three
Full reverently upon their knee
And offered there in His presence
Their gold and myrrh and frankincense.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!

Then let us all with one accord
Sing praises to our heavenly Lord
That hath made Heaven and earth of nought
And with his blood mankind has bought.
Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel
Born is the King of Israel!


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