From Me to You, ‘The Sussex Carol’

I have known this melody for years–a few bars of it introduce A Christmas Carol with George C. Scott–without knowing the lyrics, or even knowing it’s a traditional English Christmas carol, first published in the 17th century. Imagine my delight when I stumbled over it today on youtube.

So here it is, The Sussex Carol, also known as On Christmas Night, performed by Maddy Prior and the Carnival Band in true 17th century style. I hope you love it as much as I do.

2 comments on “From Me to You, ‘The Sussex Carol’

  1. I know just what you mean about the pleasure of finally learning the original sources of tunes you already enjoy. It’s amazing how much classical music I first became familiar with through Warner Bros. cartoons! I first learned a version of this carol as a boy soprano, more than 50 years ago.

    Sussex Carol is a perennial favorite among church choirs, in the hymnals of most mainstream Christian sects. There are also dozens of simple and complex arrangements for performance level choirs, and in 1912 Ralph Vaughan Williams included it in his “Fantasia on Christmas Carols” (That section begins at 7:04 in this recording.)

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