Musical Advent Calendar 2018

And we are back!  This year’s musical Advent Calendar is divided into five themes, mostly because I fell down a Rorate rabbit hole on day one, and the next thing I knew, it was Rorate all the way.  Which is an improvement on jingle all the way, if you ask me.  Hopefully this exploration of how different composers have approached similar themes will be as interesting to you as it is to me!

Drop down, ye heavens, from above

December 1 – Rorate Caeli, by Josef Zebrowski

December 2 – Rorate Caeli, by Francisco Guerrero

December 3 – Rorate Caeli, by Jacob Handl (also Byrd, Palestrina)

December 4 – Rorate Caeli, by Josef Rheinberger

December 5 – Rorate Caeli, by Judith Weir (also Nestor)

Prepare ye the way of the Lord

December 6 – Prepare ye the way of the Lord, by Michael Wise

December 7 – Comfort ye / Ev’ry Valley, by George Frederick Handel

December 8 – Vox clamantis in deserto, by Bartolomeo Tromboncino (also de Wert)

December 9

December 10

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