Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Music on My Mind


Clamavi De Profundis, "Carol of the Bells". Not many know that the music is Ukrainian in origin (by Mykola Leontovych). The melody became popular in the United States due to a tour by the Ukrainian National Chorus. The lyrics in Ukrainian are very different, being about a sparrow bringing good news for the New Year; the English lyrics were written by the Ukrainian American composer Peter Wilhousky in the 1930s for play on the radio. It has only increased in popularity through time, and there are now many, many variations of the original.