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Christmas in Belgium
Traditional music.
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December 27, 2021 - 9:22 am
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I almost forgot, with all the Christmas commotion going on, my "Christmas in Belgium" - Christmas Carols & Chants de Noëls, CD arrived.  All pieces are performed by Jean-Pierre Van Hees (bagpipes) and with Luc Ponet on organ. 

Really beautiful, old traditional music from Flanders (Northern Belgium) - no examples played on the violin anywhere, that I can find (for now - lol).  I've been becoming increasingly aware of how popular bagpipes are in Flanders for folk music! 

Won't stop me from playing it on my fiddle. (lol) 



Here are some of my favorite tracks from the album. 
LOVE these - Three Flemish Christmas carols: "Een kind gheboren in Bethlehem", "Hoe leit dat kindeken" and "Kindje zoet". 
A very beautiful Suite from the Beyaert manuscript: "Ave Jesu Deus Magne", "Saligh Heiligh Bethlehem" and "Hoort o menschen, hoort dit wonder".  

"O blijde nacht, o lang verwacht".  I read that this was composed by Justus de Harduyn in 1620, but he may have only been responsible for lyrics associated with this piece.  Wikipedia states he was a Roman Catholic priest and poet, but nothing about music.  


Djans è foù d’Jérusalem (Arranged by Pierre Froidebise) - performed on organ by Luc Ponet. 
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🤔... wondering if all of this music originated from the Renaissance era? 
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December 28, 2021 - 12:04 am
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.. wondering if all of this music originated from the Renaissance era? 
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No clue here, but they seem to have that type of vibe.

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December 28, 2021 - 1:58 am
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After some quick searches for information on the Beyaert manuscript, I've found that it dates from the second half of the 18th century and is the oldest surviving collection of music for the carillon.

Although it was compiled in the Classical era, it's a mix of eras from Renaissance to Classical. Composers in it include Joseph-Hector Fiocco (1703-1741), Willem de Fesch (1687-1761), Jean-Conrad Baustetter (1666-1727), and a "Schepers" who may have been either Boudewijn Schepers (1731-1772) or Pieter Schepers (active after 1744).

To me, the Flemish Christmas carols sound like Renaissance music, but the other tracks sound Baroque, with clear stylistic resemblances to either Handel or French Baroque composers. "Djans è foù d’Jérusalem" sounds like it's likely a medieval or Renaissance melody, arranged in Baroque style by a 20th century organist.


December 28, 2021 - 12:02 pm
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@Mark -

Thanks for taking a look! 

@AndrewH -

Very cool you found some very interesting info! 

I'll definitely have to check out those composers. 


I just found out that Tielman Susato was the composer for a couple tunes on one of my favorite Christmas CDs! 

"Hoboekentanz" & "Schäfertanz"!


"Schäfertanz" (Shepherds' Dance) with sheet music! 



- Emily

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