Old Wine in New Wineskins
(Ten Christmas Carols Set to New Tunes for SATB and Piano)
by Robert Kemppainen
New and additional texts, settings and tunes by Robert Kemppainen including: Joy Forever (Joy to the World) Christ, A Rose (Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming) Noel Noel (The First Noel) Realms of Glory (Angels from the Realms of Glory) Herald Angels on the March (HarK the Herald Angels Sing) From Heaven an Angel Came on Down (From Heaven Above to Earth I Come) Away (Out West?) in A Manger (Away in a Manger) O Little Bethlehem (O Little Town of Bethlehem) Three Wise Kings (We Three Kings of Orient Are) How Silent the Night (Silent Night) Traditional texts, settings and tunes are by various author and composers and are in the Public Domain.
Each carol includes a historical description, citing some interesting facts about it. These descriptions as near to historical accuracy as I could come. Some of these carols, dare I say most of them, were intended to be used only once for a special occasion and then were unceremoniously filed away, never given another thought by the composer. It is a miracle that they survived. As you can imagine, some of their origins were lost too and were only reconstructed as well as possible, in some cases decades later. “Silent Night” has a particularly interesting history. Hint: It wasn’t the mouse!
If you purchase 5 copies of “Old Wine in New Wineskins” in either the Print version or the Electronic Version, you have permission to reproduce as many copies as you need for performance of the work by your organization. With this purchase you also have permission, royalty free, to record, reproduce and sell or give away copies of the performance to people in your organization. (Church, school, club etc.)
You can see and hear it at:
If you click the little page icon under the word “preview” you can both see and hear the score, though you have to scroll to keep up with the music. There is a pause button in the upper left-hand corner if you want to read the hymn histories or inspect the music. The choir parts are played on guitar, because I do own own a choir. The piano parts are played on piano. 😉