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Classical Classroom

Dec 22, 2014

The former Moores School director and composer teaches us about carols, and shares some of his favorites.

It’s Christmastime in the Classroom! David Ashley White – Professor of Composition at (and former director of) the Moores School of Music, composer, and guy who writes hymns for actual hymnals – teaches us what makes a “carol” and shares some of his favorites with us. There are oldies, goodies, and stuff you’ve never heard. We assure you, it will put you in the Christmas spirit. Not the ghosty kind. The happy kind.

PS, MERRY CHRISTMAS, listeners! We hope your holidays are both merry and bright.


Composer David Ashley White
Composer David Ashely White. Photo courtesy of the Moores School website.

Audio production by Todd “Feliz Navi-Todd” Hulslander with elfin shenanigans by Dacia Clay.

Music in this episode:

  • Handel: Messiah, HWV 56 – For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Susan Gritton, Bernarda Fink, Etc.; Paul McCreesh: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Handel: Messiah (Disc 1).
  • Mary Had A Baby, Kathleen Battle, Christopher Parkening. Angels’ Glory.
  • Sunny Bank (I Saw Three Ships, Julie Andrews. A Christmas Treasure Holiday. 
  • Cherry Tree Carol, Sting. If On A Winter’s Night…
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel, Sufjan Stevens. Songs for Christmas.
  • Tomorrow shall by my dancing day, Harry Christophers: The Sixteen, 20th Century Christmas Collection.
  • White Christmas, Anne Sofie Von Otter. Home For Christmas.
  • Sweet Was the Song, Palmer Memorial Episcopal Choir. By David Ashley White.
  • Deck The Halls, Julie Andrews. A Christmas Treasure.