Thursday, 7 January 2016

Carol of the Bells

This year we celebrate 100 years since the Ukrainian carol known in the world as “Carol of the Bells” was first performed in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1916. Yes, it is originally a Ukranian folk song written as a “winter well-wishing song” in 1916 by Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovich and titled “Shchedryk,” the song tells the tale of a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the plentiful year that the family will have. The song’s title is derived from the Ukrainian word “shchedryj,” which means “bountiful.” "Shchedryk was performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City, in October of 1921 by The Ukrainian Capella. When American choir director and arranger Peter Wilhousky heard Leontovich’s choral work, it reminded him of bells; so he wrote new lyrics to convey that imagery for his choir. Now called “Carol of the Bells,” the song has become associated with Christmas because of its new lyrics, which include references to silver bells, caroling and the line “merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas". :) On the picture - chocolate bar from chocolate set about Ukraine illustrated by me for Candy Set

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