Noel, Noel, Glad Tidings to Tell
Date: July 16, 2014
SATB/Piano or Harp. The original source of this Noel is Volume One of the Nouvelles Poésies published in Paris between
1630 and 1737. The complete title page of this eight-volume series was Nouvelles Poésies Spirituelles et
Morales sur les plus beaux Airs de la Musique Françoise et Italienne, avec use Basse continue. These
volumes contained a variety of moral texts set to airs of the day, including music by Lully, Campra,
Bacilly and François Couperin as well as various popular vaudeville tunes. Poetic settings of the Fables
of La Fontaine made up the final section of each volume, and these settings formed the basis of my
DMA Dissertation (The Juilliard School, 1980).
Three verses of text by John Metz, especially suitable for a liberal Christian or non-sectarian view.
Could appeal to church, high school, college, professional or community choirs.
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