- NNHS Newsletter -
“Oh! lovely voices of the sky
- Felicia Hemans
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
This, I think, is the first time we've used this beloved Christmas carol since 2005.
The Bonus Videos are linked differently in this issue. Don't let it throw you; just click on the desired title.
BONUS #1 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Kings Cambridge College Choir
BONUS #2 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Frank Sinatra
BONUS #3 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - St. Paul's Cathedral, London
BONUS #4 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - The Blenders: Tim Kasper, Ryan Lance, Darren Rust, and Allan Rust, 2011
BONUS #5 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Susan Boyle, 2013
BONUS #6 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - Jewel, 2008
BONUS #7 - Hark, The Herald Angels Sing - The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, 2013
|"Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" is a
Christmas carol that first appeared in 1739 in the collection
Hymns and Sacred Poems, having been written by
Charles Wesley. A somber man, Wesley had requested and received slow
and solemn music for his lyrics, not the joyful tune expected today.
Moreover, Wesley's original opening couplet is "Hark!
how all the
welkin rings / Glory to the King of Kings".
The popular version is the result of alterations by various hands, notably by Wesley's co-worker George Whitefield who changed the opening couplet to the familiar one, and by Felix Mendelssohn. A hundred years after the publication of Hymns and Sacred Poems, in 1840, Mendelssohn composed a cantata to commemorate Johann Gutenberg's invention of the printing press, and it is music from this cantata, adapted by the English musician William H. Cummings to fit the lyrics of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, that propels the carol known today.[3
In 1855, English musician William H. Cummings adapted Felix Mendelssohn's secular music from Festgesang to fit the lyrics of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" written by Charles Wesley. Wesley envisioned the song being sung to the same tune as his song "Christ the Lord Is Risen Today", and in some hymnals, is included along with the more popular version.
In the UK, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" has popularly been performed in an arrangement that maintains the basic original William H. Cummings harmonisation of the Mendelssohn tune for the first two verses but adds a soprano descant and a last verse harmonisation for the organ in verse 3 by Sir David Willcocks. This arrangement was first published in 1961 by Oxford University Press in the first book of the Carols for Choirs series. For many years it has served as the recessional hymn of the annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols in King's College Chapel, Cambridge.
An uncommon arrangement of the hymn to the tune "See, the Conqu'ring hero comes" from Judas Maccabaeus (Handel) normally associated with the hymn Thine Be the Glory is traditionally used as the recessional hymn of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. This is broadcast live each year on Christmas Eve on RTÉ Radio 1. The usual (first) three verses are divided into six verses each with chorus. The arrangement features a brass fanfare with drums in addition to the cathedral organ and takes about seven and a half minutes to sing. The Victorian organist W. H. Jude, in his day a popular composer, also composed a new setting of the work, published in his Music and the Higher Life.
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to Shirley Smith Langston ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to John Murden ('60) of VA AND Glen Davenport ('63) of VA!
Happy Birthday this week to:
11 - Helen Bost Rainelle ('72) of FL;
12 - Mary Massey Lyle ('61) of NJ AND Marcus C. Higgins ('65) of AZ AND Tom Norris (Hampton HS - '73) AND My Former Daughter-in-Law, Bethany Winona Harty (Siuslaw HS, OR - '94) of TX (soon to be UT);
13 - Kay Davis Smith ('57);
14 - Elizabeth Mitchell Hedgepeth ('57) AND Kathie Avant Taylor ('64) of GA;
15 - Jewell Hamner Crowe ('57) AND Buster Vest ('63) of VA;
16 - Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of VA!
Many Happy Returns, One and All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
December 09, 1940 -
Operation Compass –
Indian troops under the command of Major-General
Richard O'Connor attacked
Italian forces near
Barrani in Egypt,
opening their first major offensive in North Africa.
December 09, 1941 - The Republic of China, Cuba, Guatemala, the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, and the Philippine Commonwealth, declared war on Germany and Japan.
December 09, 1961 - The trial of Nazi Adolf Eichmann in Israel ended with verdicts of guilty on 15 criminal charges, including charges of crimes against humanity, crimes against the Jewish people and membership of an outlawed organization.
THIS DAY IN 1963:
|Monday, December 09, 1963 -
Dave Hilton, Jr. was born
Monday, December 09, 1963 - Historian Perry Miller (b. 25 Feb 1905 in Chicago, Illinois), died at the age of 58.
FromEd Gwaltney (June '46) of VA - 12/08/13 - " Ava Gardner (NNHS / Rock Ridge HS [NC] - '39)":
|I would kike to add
to the Ava Gardner story. She also lived with her grandmother
(Mrs. Fairefield, I believe) on Chestnut Avenue in Newport News. She and
my sister were friends, and I remember when she was at my house when I
was very young, but remember it as at a later date after she
became famous. My sister reminded me of this.
Thanks. I hope this gets through, as I am not good at this.
Ed Gwaltney Class of '46 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much, Ed!
... Gardner (December 24, 1922 – January 25, 1990) was born in the farming community of Smithfield, Johnston County, North Carolina, the youngest of seven children (she had two brothers, Raymond and Melvin, and four sisters, Beatrice, Elsie Mae, Inez, and Myra). Her parents, Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" (née Baker) and Jonas Bailey Gardner, were poor cotton and tobacco farmers. Her ancestry was said to include Scots-Irish, English, Irish, French Huguenot, and American Indian (Tuscarora). She was raised a Baptist. While the children still were young, the Gardners lost their property, forcing Jonas Gardner to work at a sawmill and Mollie to begin working as a cook and housekeeper at a dormitory for teachers at the nearby Brogden School.
|When Gardner was 13 years old, the family decided to try their luck
in a larger city,
Newport News, Virginia, where Mollie Gardner found work managing a
boarding house for the city's many shipworkers. While in Newport News,
Gardner's father became ill and died from
bronchitis in 1938, when Ava was 15 years old. After Jonas Gardner's
death, the family moved to Rock Ridge near
Wilson, North Carolina, where Mollie Gardner ran another boarding
house for teachers. Gardner attended high school in Rock Ridge and she
graduated from there in 1939.
... Soon after her arrival in Los Angeles, Gardner met fellow MGM contract player, Mickey Rooney. They married on January 10, 1942, in Ballard, California; she was 19 years old and he was 21; they divorced in 1943...
... Gardner was buried in the Sunset Memorial Park, Smithfield, North Carolina, next to her brothers and their parents, Jonas (1878–1938) and Mollie Gardner (1883–1943). The town of Smithfield now has an Ava Gardner Museum...
|One of these first days I'm finally going to visit that museum...|
From George Helliesen ('61) of MI - 12/08/13 - "#1 Christmas Song This Year":
SPREAD THIS ALL OVER CANADA, UK, USA and AUSTR
This may become the #1 Christmas song this year.
These guys have really got it together....good song...
click here: http://www.youtube.com/
Outstanding! Thanks, George!
From John Patterson ('59) of TN - 12/08/13 - "Men always do what we're told.":
Yesterday I asked my wife what I could do in the kitchen to help her.
She replied, "Take this bag of potatoes, peel half of them, put them in the big pot and cover them with water to cook".
I did just what she said, but for some reason she got angry with me.
Thank you, John!
From Wayne Agee ('58) of FL - 12/08/13 - "The good old days":
|Some of the good old days
I'm sure we all remember..... enjoy!
Indeed! Thanks, Wayne!
From My Friend, Tina, of NC - 12/08/13 - "Candy Cane Wreath":
This is a wonderful conversation starter as well as a gift
Oh, how pretty! Thanks, Tina!
From My Niece, Shari, of VA - 11/07/13 - "A Bunch of Ponder Worthies (in pic. form)" (#9 in a series of 14)":
BONUS CHRISTMAS ANGEL CROCHET PATTERNS:
BONUS RECIPES (Sorry;
not especially theme-related):
From Me ('65) of NC - 12/08/12 - "Peanut Butter Fudge":
http://www.ajokeaday.com - 12/08/13:
|If I could rearrange the alphabet I would put U and I together!|
DATES TO REMEMBER:
1. Wednesday, December 11,
2013 - The NNHS Class of June 1942 meets at noon on the
second Wednesday of every other month for a Dutch treat
lunch at the James River Country Club, 1500 Country Club
Road. PLEASE JOIN THEM. Give or take a few years makes no
difference. Good conversation, food and atmosphere. For
details, call Jennings Bryan at 803-7701 for reservations.
2.Thursday, January 2, 2014 - The NNHS Class of 1955 holds Lunch Bunch gatherings on the first Thursday of every month at Steve & John's Steak House on Jefferson Avenue just above Denbigh Boulevard in Newport News at 11:00 AM. The luncheon is not limited to just the Class of '55; if you have friends in that year, go visit with them.
http://www.nnhs65.com/requests-prayers.html - updated 11/19/13
http://nnhs.wordpress.com/ - updated 03/13/11
NNHS CLASS OF '65 WEB SITE:
PERSONAL WEB SITE: http://www.angelfire.com/weird2/cluckmeat
Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309
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3. Just mail it directly to my home. Thanks!
(“Hark the herald angels sing” was written byCharles Wesley (18 Dec 1707 – 29 Mar 1788), brother of John Wesley (28 June 1703 – 02 Mar 1791),
"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" midi courtesy of
"Hark, the Herald Angels Sing" lyrics and history courtesy of http://www.carols.org.uk/hark_the_herald_angels_sing.htm - 12/04/05
Image of "The Holy Night" (1522) by Antonio Allegri Correggio (c.1489 - 1534) courtesy of http://rbraley.tripod.com/xmasart.html - 12/08/05
Image of "The Nativity" (1523) by Lorenzo Lotto (c.1480 - 1556/1557) courtesy of http://rbraley.tripod.com/xmasart.html - 12/08/05
Angel Divider Line clip art courtesy of http://www.hellasmultimedia.com/webimages/christ-htm/lines-christ1.htm - 12/05/05
Air Force Seal clip art courtesy of http://www1.va.gov/opa/feature/celebrate/milsongs.htm - 07/07/06
Hampton High School's Crab clip art courtesy of http://www.geocities.com/agent99bm/
Siuslaw High School's Viking Logo clip art courtesy of http://www.answers.com/topic/minnesotavikings-1000-png - 12/27/07
Coast Guard Seal clip art courtesy of http://www.tioh.hqda.pentagon.mil/SealsEmblems/USCG.htm - 10/03/07
Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
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