Happy birthday, Charles

In honor of the birthday of English hymn writer Charles Wesley (1707-1788), here is one of his greatest hits in an arrangement by American composer Dan Forrest (b. 1978) of a melody by German composer Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847), performed by the combined choirs and orchestra of Concordia College

16 Responses to Happy birthday, Charles

  1. Nice work lately, bluebird. I’ve been kinda too busy to comment properly, so that’ll have to cover many recent posts. Heh.

    This was on last night’s OverNight Thread at Ace’s place. I immediately thought you would appreciate it — although I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d already featured it. Domingo & Pavarotti

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  2. egorr says:

    Ah, those lovely, youthful voices. Probably what the angelic choir(s) will sound like once I reach the Great Gig In The Sky!

    I will enjoy it because I can’t sing worth a rusty hinge any more due to all the Old Age drugs I have to take. Major bummer.

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  3. tidalscribe says:

    One of my favourite carols, I love the rousing ones.

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    • When I was a church music director, I often used this carol at our Christmas Eve extravaganza. The arrangement I used had a great descant for trumpet, but Dan Forrest’s arrangement for full orchestra is an order of magnitude better.


  4. tidalscribe says:

    Reblogged this on Times and Tides of a Beachwriter and commented:
    One week till Christmas and here’s something to liven things up. I wonder how many versions there have been of this carol? This one is certainly BIG! Thanks to Bluebird who brings us music and jokes regularly.

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  5. A Belated Happy Birthday to Charles. I’ve always loved this hymn. —- Suzanne

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  6. Demographically, the players and singers are college kids.  Musically, they are pros.

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