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A Carol for the End of the Century – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 5

The last contemporary Polish Christmas carol is again from the Preisner collection. It’s also probably the weirdest (definitely the weirdest) and probably my favorite. It has a kind of… scope and sweep that I find very moving. That said, I’m … Continue reading

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A Carol for those Absent – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 4

Today’s modern Christmas Carol is also from the Preisner collection. It is probably the best known song on the collection and is on the way toward becoming a new standard. There has even been a translation into English recorded by … Continue reading

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Warsaw Carol, 1939 – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 3

Today – the most depressing Christmas Carol ever! Another of the carols with music by Zbigniew Preisner, the text to this is by the Polish author (of prose, poetry and opinion) and diplomat Stanisław Baliński (1898-1984) who left Poland after … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Has Come – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 3

Today’s Christmas Carol (and all the rest though teh 25th) is from a 1999 collection by the Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner entitled My Carols for the End of the Century (Moje kolędy na koniec wieku). He wrote the music … Continue reading

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Snowflakes and Wafers – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 2

Today’s modern Polish Christmas Carol is from Grzegorz Turnau one of the leading practitioners of the old sung poetry genre accompanied by the operatic soprano Ewa Małas-Godlewska. The song compares the snowflakes (płatki) falling on the grey city with the … Continue reading

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When Christ is Born – Modern Polish Christmas Carols 2017 Day 1

I’ve decided to re-run the posts I did last year of modern Polish Christmas Carols. I’ll clean each one up a tiny bit and maybe tweak my translations. The first is a modern arrangement of one of the most popular … Continue reading

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A Carol for the End of the Century

The last contemporary Polish Christmas carol is again from the Preisner collection. It’s also probably the weirdest and probably my favorite. It has a kind of… scope and sweep that I find very moving. That said, I’m not sure what … Continue reading

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A Carol for the Absent

Today’s modern Christmas Carol is also from the Preisner collection. It is probably the best known song on the collection and is on the way toward becoming a new standard. There has even been a translation into English recorded by … Continue reading

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Warsaw Carol, 1939

Today – the most depressing Christmas Carol ever! Another of the carols with music by Zbigniew Preisner, the text to this is by the Polish author (of prose, poestry and opinion) and diplomat Stanisław Baliński (1898-1984) who left Poland after … Continue reading

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Get Ready for Christmas Eve

Today’s Christmas Carol (and all the rest though Sunday) is from a 1999 collection by the Polish film composer Zbigniew Preisner entitled My Carols for the End of the Century (Moje kolędy na koniec wieku). He wrote the music for … Continue reading

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