12 Christmas Carols (Terry, Richard Runciman)



Sheet Music


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Publisher. Info. London: J. Curwen & Sons, 1912. Plate 6281.
Misc. Notes misspelled librettist name L.N. Guiney
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General Information

Work Title 12 Christmas Carols
Alternative. Title
Composer Terry, Richard Runciman
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IRT 1
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 12
Librettist see below
1. Louise Imogen Guiney (1861-1920)
2. - 12. words XIV century, chiefly from the Sloane MS
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Chorus (SATB), Piano (ad lib.)

Navigation etc.

  • Terry designates the first in the collection, "Tryste Noel" as a Christmas "song" rather than a "carol", because "Christmas words do not make a carol out of what would otherwise be a hymn tune or part-song. In other words, a tune can only be termed a carol the nearer it approximates to the folk-song type and the further it departs from the hymn tune. It ought, moreover, to stand on its own melodic basis independent of harmony."
  • The title page says "For Four Voices or Unison", though it is unclear whether he means all voices in unison or one voice on its own.
  • The piano part, not adding anything to the vocal parts, is designated "ad lib.".