Victorian Carol: See, Amid the Winter Snow

From our Victorian Carol Sings 2021. Meg Dudley, soprano, is joined by Jared Lamenzo on the Erben and Randal Despommier on the saxophone. See, Amid the Winter Snow by Edward Caswall (1814—1878)/John Goss (1800—1880) This hymn was published in 1858…

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From our Victorian Carol Sings 2021. Meg Dudley, soprano, is joined by Jared Lamenzo on the Erben and Randal Despommier on the saxophone.

See, Amid the Winter Snow by Edward Caswall (1814—1878)/John Goss (1800—1880)

This hymn was published in 1858 as part of “The Masque of Mary and Other Poems” by the Catholic convert and hymnodist Edward Caswall. English composer and organist Sir John Goss set the text in 1871, writing the tune HUMILITY specifically for the carol. Bramley and Stainer (Goss’ student) included the carol in “Christmas Carols Old and New”; it was selected as one of the carols that had “proved their hold upon the popular mind.” Goss gave advice in the music that the carol would be best performed solo by a “Treble or Tenor or, alternatively”; so we had the soloist take the verses and all joined in on the refrain.

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