Week 16: Shepherds arise, A virgin most pure

A merry Christmas from 52fs!

Here are two more seasonal songs to mark the last week in Advent. (The white album is all seasonal – they’re not all Christmas songs, but they’re all songs for the long nights and the turning of the year.)

Shepherds arise: a three-part arrangement of this Christmas Copper song (four if you count octaves). I was originally thinking of adding an instrumental part as well, but I decided the audio spectrum was quite full enough as it was!

A virgin most pure is a two-part arrangement, plus whistle and melodica. My source for this one is the posthumous Young Tradition album the Holly Bears the Crown, on which it was sung by Shirley Collins and Heather Wood.

On these two tracks I not only wrote harmony lines but sang them from the dots. I’m not boasting, particularly, just boggling slightly – I’ve never done either of those things before, & never thought I could. Amazing what you can do when you try.

As you may have noticed, week 16 was longer than average; I’m abandoning the Thursday-to-Wednesday week I started with and going for a more conventional Sunday-to-Saturday. So tomorrow, the 25th of December, will be day 1 of week 17 in the 52fs project. (I knew there was something I meant to celebrate…)

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