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« on: April 27, 2010, 10:42:55 AM »

About 30 years ago, our choir at St Elias in Austin, Texas, learned and performed Christmas carols in public venues (such as malls) as an outreach. We sang some western carols but also some from Ukraine. We were very well received and even attracted some enquirers.

I have couple of questions to y'all:

1. Do you know of any Nativity carols from Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Belorus and/or Russia? If so, would you please point me to sources for sheet music?

2. Have you ever heard such carols sung in conjunction with or during the Divine Liturgy--say during the communion of the clergy?

Thanks in advance, Kyrill
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« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2010, 11:18:52 AM »

About 30 years ago, our choir at St Elias in Austin, Texas, learned and performed Christmas carols in public venues (such as malls) as an outreach. We sang some western carols but also some from Ukraine. We were very well received and even attracted some enquirers.

I have couple of questions to y'all:

1. Do you know of any Nativity carols from Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Belorus and/or Russia? If so, would you please point me to sources for sheet music?

2. Have you ever heard such carols sung in conjunction with or during the Divine Liturgy--say during the communion of the clergy?

Thanks in advance, Kyrill
1. Yes they do exist, there is a really nice one from Greece dealing with St. Basil and I would bet every country has one about St. Nicholas. Perhaps someone from those area has a link to them.

2. Yes I have heard of it being done but I would caution against it. Save it for after the service.
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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 11:49:50 AM »

There was a lengthy discussion on this with many links in the Family Forum prior to the first of this year. http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,24459.0.html
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« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010, 11:52:00 AM »

Yes and yes.

http://parafia.sidcom.pl/parafia/dzieci/koladki.htm
http://www.pietia.piwko.pl/

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« Reply #4 on: April 27, 2010, 12:06:51 PM »


Thanks y'all very much for he links and the info. In my church, if I started to agitate for this now, perhaps we shall have something in a couple of years!!! 
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« Reply #5 on: April 27, 2010, 12:07:20 PM »

1. Do you know of any Nativity carols from Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Belorus and/or Russia? If so, would you please point me to sources for sheet music?

There are a lot of Nativity/12 Days carols from all of those lands. Also, there are special carols for St. Basil's/New Year's and for Theophany. All are sung in front of people's houses for treats, etc. Many regions and islands have their own special carols.

I'm sure the other thread has plenty of links, but here's a nice page that explains a few of the different Greek ones and has recordings as well: http://www.mmb.org.gr/page/default.asp?la=1&id=2321.

2. Have you ever heard such carols sung in conjunction with or during the Divine Liturgy--say during the communion of the clergy?

Yes. I've been to plenty of Romanian parishes and monasteries that do precisely that.
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« Reply #6 on: April 27, 2010, 12:10:33 PM »

1. Do you know of any Nativity carols from Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Ukraine, Belorus and/or Russia? If so, would you please point me to sources for sheet music?

There are a lot of Nativity/12 Days carols from all of those lands. Also, there are special carols for St. Basil's/New Year's and for Theophany. All are sung in front of people's houses for treats, etc. Many regions and islands have their own special carols.

I'm sure the other thread has plenty of links, but here's a nice page that explains a few of the different Greek ones and has recordings as well: http://www.mmb.org.gr/page/default.asp?la=1&id=2321.

2. Have you ever heard such carols sung in conjunction with or during the Divine Liturgy--say during the communion of the clergy?

Yes. I've been to plenty of Romanian parishes and monasteries that do precisely that.

The Carpatho-Russians and many Ukrainians likewise sing carols during the communion after the singing of the appropriate communion hymn for the feast.
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 02:07:11 PM »

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivxEyLg5Qog
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« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 02:15:10 PM »

Yes, here are some Ukrainian Hymns I grew up with:

"Heaven and Earth"

"God of Ages"

We sing both of the above during the course of the Christmas Liturgy.

We would sing "Oh Who Loves St. Nicholas" on his feast day, Dec 19th.
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« Reply #9 on: December 22, 2010, 03:45:11 PM »

Here are a few that the Carpatho-Russians/Rusins share with the Ukrainians...

There was Great Rejoicing (Nova Radost Stala):  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIW4FVZW80E

The Cherubic Hymn chanted to the melody of Nova Radost Stala: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFswLtgG2zQ

Heaven and Earth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvVp9x1ay3Y

Koli Jasna Zvizda ( my Baba's favorite Christmas lullaby) 2:35 of the video 
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« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2010, 07:53:17 AM »

Carol of Pontus:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MrtJsoETfUA

Carol of Smyrna:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5_tKoV7AhE

Byzantine Carol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mb3ZEcJyE4A

Carol of Crete:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkJKIeDTH6I

Carol of Cephallonia (Ionian island):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgGQhZBeTV4

Carol of Gagauz (Orthodox Christian Turks) people of Greece:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLjpSGXWYwI

<OT>Gagauz of Greece:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrcD5MHAJVE </OT>
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« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2011, 04:31:56 AM »

Very old Christmas carols from different regions of Georgia

Alilo From Racha

Alilo from Samegrelo

Alilo from Lechkhumi

Alilo from Guria

Alilo from Imereti

Alilo is general name for Christmas songs (as well as for Christmas eve celebration). Guria, Imereti, Lechkhumi, Racha, Samegrelo are regions of Georgia. There are more regions in Georgia and each one had its own way of singing Alilo and performing this Christmas eve celebration.

Below are some more Alilo's newer versions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS5RMQ-meNM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzUgtWz01Lw&feature=related
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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2011, 05:13:29 AM »

Very old Christmas carols from different regions of Georgia

Alilo From Racha

Alilo from Samegrelo

Alilo from Lechkhumi

Alilo from Guria

Alilo from Imereti

Alilo is general name for Christmas songs (as well as for Christmas eve celebration). Guria, Imereti, Lechkhumi, Racha, Samegrelo are regions of Georgia. There are more regions in Georgia and each one had its own way of singing Alilo and performing this Christmas eve celebration.

Below are some more Alilo's newer versions:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZS5RMQ-meNM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzUgtWz01Lw&feature=related
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« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2011, 02:24:54 PM »

Serbian Christmas carols.......And others....

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=serbian+christmas+carols&aq=0
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