Coventry Carol

Poet/Lyricist: 

Anonymous 16th c. English
This title is now published through Hinshaw music. http://www.hinshawmusic.com Featured on Classical Minnesota Public Radio's 'Taste of the Holidays' CD Volume 4.

Premiere: 

The Mirandola Ensemble

Text:

Coventry Carol

Lully, lullay, thou little tiny child
By, by, lully, lullay,
thou little tiny child,
By, by, lully, lullay.
Oh sisters too, How may we do
For to preserve this day?
This poor youngling for whom we do sing
By, by, lully, lullay.
Herod, the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day
His men of might, In his own sight,
All young children to slay.
That woe is me, Poor child, for thee!
And ever morn and day,
For thy parting Neither say nor sing
By, by, lully, lullay.

Critical Acclaim: 

This is one of the most powerful, haunting settings of the familiar Coventry Carol to emerge in a long time. A longtime singer with the Rose Ensemble, the Twin Cities-based Linda Kachelmeier divides her time between singing and composing. As a singer, she is compelling on stage. Like the great singers of the Renaissance, she takes her love of great vocal lines and her instinctive feeling for what makes superb counterpoint and puts them into her own compositions. -Jonathan Miller, Chicago a cappella