The music tradition of the season is immortalized in the classic A Christmas Carol by the English writer Charles Dickens from 1834. It tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a mean old miser who transformed into a friendly, generous man in the days before Christmas. One of the oldest Christmas carols that is still popular today, God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, also plays in Dickens' novella.
What are the main themes in Christmas carols?
Religious Christmas carols refer to the birth of Jesus a nativity scene when his mother Mary and her husband Joseph arrived in Bethlehem and could not find a room in an inn, which is the focus of several Christmas carols, including O Holy Night, Silent Night, The first song, Hark! The Herald Angels sing, away in a crib and oh little town of Bethlehem.
The Bible account also describes three wise men from the east, the magicians who traveled a long way behind a star to Bethlehem to search for the baby Jesus. They are also immortalized in the Christmas carols Star of the East and We Three Kings, both composed in the 19th century.
The popular Christmas carols st breathe out?
The joy in the world that the English writer Isaac Watt composed in 1719 remains timeless. It was the most published Christmas anthem in North America since the late 20th century.
O Holy Night was created in 1847 in the southern French city of Roquemaure. The local priest wanted to celebrate the renovation of the church organ and asked the wine merchant and poet Placide Cappeau to write a poem. Cappeau's "Minuit, chrétiens" – "Midnight, Christians" – was set to music by the composer Adolphe Adam. It was translated into English in 1855 by the American music critic John Sullivan Dwight.
O Little Town of Bethlehem was written by the American clergyman Phillips Brooks, who was inspired by his visit to Bethlehem in 1865. He wrote the poem for his church in 1868 and asked his organist Lewis Redner to set it to music.
The Silent Night was written in 1818 by the Austrian schoolmaster and church organist Franz Xaver Gruber with texts by the Catholic priest and writer Joseph Mohr composed Front put up arms during the Christmas Peace of 1914, celebrated together and sang Silent Night. Originally translated into German, it was translated into more than 300 languages and dialects. In 2011, it was added to the list of UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage
Are there non-religious Christmas carols?
Yes, there are many with topics related to winter, festivals and even sadness and romance Just like Christmas I saw how Mommy kissed Santa and rocked the C Hristmas Tree and have a Merry Christmas. American songwriters consistently produced several te songs popularized by famous singers.
Jingle Bells was written in 1857 by the American songwriter James Lord Pierpont as "One Horse Open Sleigh". It was actually intended for Thanksgiving. Jingle Bell Rock, first released by singer Bobby Helms in 1957, is considered an extension of Jingle Bells.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is about the reindeer who is ridiculed for its bright red nose before becoming a hero, accompanying Santa Claus and the sleigh team on a foggy Christmas Eve. The recording of singer Gene Autry from 1949 became number 1 on the Billboard pop single charts during Christmas week.
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The blow of Crooner Bing Crosby in 1943, I will come home for Christmas, has been a poignant song in honor of soldiers who served abroad during World War II. In 1957 rock & # 39; n & # 39; roll legend Elvis Presley achieved a sad song of unrequited love with Blue Christmas, which became a perennial favorite.
Why do people sing Christmas carols?
Reverend Wilson Fong, 45 The Baptist Church of Kowloon City sums it up like this: “For Christians, singing Christmas carols is a joyful way to tell the Christmas story especially in Hong Kong, where east and west meet. "
Christmas carol singing events have been taking place in his church on Argyle Street every year since 1981. Fong will celebrate this year's event on December 23 and 24 with the choir of combined sanctuary, children, perform choir, bell choir and orchestral groups.
“Singing is among the best maintained traditions of the churches and performing Listening to Christmas carols is definitely one of the highlights for Christmas. “
The businessman Nicholas Wong, 58, sang Christmas carols all his life." Christmas carols reminded me of gifts when I was younger, but now that I'm older they mean a lot more, "says the father of two sons." Christmas is also about family, friends and festive cheers, things that are universal. "
A film, a controversy, a long wait
The 1984 hit Last Christmas by the disbanded English pop duo Wham! It is about a failed relationship and can be seen in the romantic comedy of the same name with Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, Michelle Yeoh and Emma Thompson. For the 35th anniversary of the song, a new high-resolution 4K version of the music video with the Wham! Members Ge Orge Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, was released on YouTube last week. It attracted more than six million views in days.
The most controversial hit of the season is Baby, It's Cold Outside, written by Frank Loesser in 1944 as a playful duet and Oscar winner for the best song from 1949. It shows a woman trying to walk while the man with her trying to get her to stay. Controversial from the beginning for texts that were considered to be risky, she was attacked again in 2009 because they constituted sexual harassment. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, the song was banned by some American and Canadian radio stations in 2018. This year, singers John Legend and Kelly Clarkson released a more politically correct version that was only criticized for having taken on a classic.
The American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey & # 39; s 1994 hit All I Want for Christmas Is You is the best-selling modern Christmas carol. Although it's been popular for 25 years, it only reached # 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 list this year.
Which Christmas carols are popular in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong sing and listen to Christmas classics with Cantonese lyrics, but the city also produced its own hits.
Lonely Christmas is a Cantonese hit by pop star Eason Chan Yik-shun in English, my private Christmas song, was released in 2002. Canto pop star Jacky Cheung Hok-yau Merry Christmas I Love You's 1994 hit is a Cantonese classic of the season.
The girls' group Cookies may have disbanded, but their 2002s Cookies Christmas The song lives on and composes eight classic melodies such as Jingle Bells and Joy to the World with Ca. Ntonesian texts by Wyman Wong Wai-man about local custom at Christmas.
One of the most popular Cantonese Christmas carols of all time is the 2009 Zero Degree Christmas hit by canto-pop band RubberBand. It is about a man who does not have the courage to confess his love to the girl and who only stays at her side as a friend every Christmas.