Adventus

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Happy Christmas!



I have this on a record album (yes, an LP!) of Christmas music I bought in college the first semester I was away from home (home being about a 30 minute drive away, mind you). It is scored for organ solo, and played in a much more lugubrious manner than this version by the Boston Quartet. In spirit, in fact, it's more like the Doors version:



Anyway, for nearly 40 years now I've associated the organ solo version with Advent and Christmas because, as the album notes say, there is joy and celebration in the Christmas season, but there is also mystery.

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