Wallace | Joy - Carols & Songs For A Season of Light CD

Wallace | Joy - Carols & Songs For A Season of Light CD

Model: 3101 / GYRE10092 UPC: 700261227542
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Compact Disc - Frank Wallace, Joy - Carols and Songs for a Season of Light (Gyre 10092)

One of my fondest memories of childhood in California is the Christmas Eve service at our stucco church. We arrived at 11:00pm to miraculous blazing sentinels that stood guard all around the top of the flat-topped building and lined the stairs and benches of the patio. Each of these warm luminarias was nothing but a paper lunch bag with sand and a candle. We would sing carols outside carried more candles as we exited the service at midnight.

Those lights had been all but extinguished by time until some mysterious match rekindled their memory in a new form last November. My annual search for better arrangements of carols became a creative marathon. I spent two months exploring many old carols and writing new ones. Each piece came to me practically in the order you hear here and created a progression of keys, moods and textures that speak of the joy and solitude of winter and the hope of re-birth that the season brings to us.

I have chosen music from my childhood, my favorite songs sung on those nights of light, as well as medieval songs to Mary, renaissance part songs, French, Sephardic, English and Catalan folk songs. The story unfolded with little effort on my part. Simple Joy and may peace reign at last, at long last.

A Season of Light
thirty carols for guitar solo arranged and composed* by Frank A. Wallace

I. Joy to the World
II. The First Noel
III. Silent Night
IV. There is No Rose
V. O Come Emanuel
VI. Les Pasteurs de la Judea
VII. Beata Progenies
VIII. Star in the East
IX. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
X. A Shining*
XI. Cuando el Rey Nimrod
XII. A los Maytines
XIII. Aro que Nostre Seign'es Nat
XIV. March* XV. Greensleeves XVI. Coventry Carol
XVII. Noel Nouvelet
XVIII. Master in This Hall
XIX. Amb un Viudo
XX. Stella Splendens
XXI. On This Day
XXII. Carillon*
XXIII. Dawn of the Doves*
XXIV. Away in a Manger
XXV. Sing We to This Merry Company
XXVI. O Holy Night
XXVII. J'ai Ouy la Voix
XXVIII. Santa Maria Strella do Dia
XXIX. Venite a Laudare
XXX. Per Nadal Farem Gran Festa


  • Model: 3101 / GYRE10092
  • Manufactured by: Gyre-wallace
  • Condition: New
  • UPC: 700261227542

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