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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer – a la Gregorian chant

Station Blog2019-12-16By: Classical Staff

December 23, 2019

We all know the classical carol “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” – here’s a unique version that takes us back to around the 9th century, when Gregorian chant began (scholars are still trying to figure out exactly when). Gregorian chant is a series of one-line melodies of the Roman Catholic Church, sung by choirs of religious orders in their chapels. Pope Gregory I (born c. 540, died 604) is often credited for creating this singing style, hence its name, though again scholars debate that and say it arose from later chants.

If you listen carefully, you can hear snippets of the popular carol in this lovely chant version. This singer’s rolled R’s are the best I’ve heard.


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