O Holy Night聖善夜

“O Holy Night” (“Cantique de Noël”) is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem “Minuit, chrétiens” (Midnight, Christians) by Placide Cappeau (1808–1877). Cappeau, a wine merchant and poet, had been asked by a parish priest to write a Christmas poem. Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight’s Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau’s French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of mankind’s redemption. Continue reading

Silent Night平安夜

聖誕詩歌很多,但有二首是每年必唱的,否則缺少喜樂、和平、恬靜的氣氛。這二首歌就是「平安夜」與「普世歡騰」(Joy to the World)。
莫爾(Joseph Mohr, 1792-1848)出生奧地利薩爾斯堡,童年時是一個活潑的兒童合唱團的團員,1815年受封為羅馬天主教神父。
1818年聖誕節前夕,在奧地利的阿爾卑斯山谷中,有一座新建的小教堂。新到任的莫爾獨坐在教堂內,想到聖誕節來臨,教堂的風琴卻壞了,不能在午夜彌撒時, Continue reading

Silver Bells

“Silver Bells” is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans.   “Silver Bells” was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released by Decca Records in October 1950. After the Crosby and Richards recording became popular, Hope and Maxwell were called back in late 1950 to refilm a more elaborate production of the song. Continue reading