12/18/10 - NNHS Newsletter - From Starry Heav'n Descending
“Christmas hath a darkness; Brighter than
the blazing noon;
Christmas hath a chillness Warmer than the heat of June,
Christmas hath a beauty Lovelier than the world can show:
For Christmas bringeth Jesus, Brought for us so low.”
Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
Yeah, that's right. I did not know this lovely Italian Christmas carol, either!
BONUS #1 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--eri-9Yj7U - Tu scendi dalle stelle - The Choral Arts Society
BONUS #2 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=THoF5snnSvE - Tu scendi dalle stelle
BONUS #3 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAufwdN7m2k - Tu scendi dalle stelle - Andrea Bocelli
BONUS #4 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfZkXntKY8k - Tu scendi dalle stelle - Luciano Pavarotti
|"Tu scendi dalle stelle" (From Starry Skies Thou Comest,
From Starry Skies Descending, You Came a Star from Heaven,
You come down from the stars) is the best known
Christmas carol originating in
Though found in numerous arrangements and commonly sung, it is
traditionally associated with the
zampogna or large-format Italian
The melody and original lyrics for the hymn were written by Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, a prominent Neapolitan priest (later canonized) who founded the Redemptorist missionary order, seventh largest in the Catholic world. In 1744, while staying at Convent of the Consolation , one of his order's houses in the small city of Deliceto in the province of Foggia in southeastern Italy, he put together the Christmas song that begins "You come down from the stars" entitled "Little song to Child Jesus". Another song exists with lyrics in Neapolitan language entitled "For Jesus's birth" and that begins Quanno nascette Ninno (When the Child was Born) and sometimes referred to as the Carol of the Bagpipers. Since that time the Little song to Child Jesus became a widely popular Christmas carol in Italy. Recordings of the piece include that of the soprano Renata Scotto (1981).
THIS WEEK'S BIRTHDAYS:
Happy Birthday today to James Strickland ('57)!
Happy Birthday tomorrow to Durwood Adams ('57)!
Happy Birthday this week to:
21 - My Friend, Judy Bundy Bowermaster (Litchfield HS, IL - '59) of IL;
22 - Kitty Norman Haskins ('57) AND Harry Barritt ('64) of VA AND Dale Mueller ('64) of VA AND Bill Rash ('67) of VA;
23 - Tom Flax ('64) of VA AND Joyce Lawrence Cahoon ('65) of VA AND Holly Hill Campbell (Hampton Roads Academy - '72) of VA;
24 - James Gay ('57) AND Ann W. Hutcheson ('57) AND Sandye Jordan Murray ('67) of VA;
25 - Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC AND Doug Dickinson ('69) of VA!
Many Happy Returns to You All!
THIS DAY IN WWII:
THIS DAY IN 1965:
December 18, 1965 - Musician
The Dirtbombs) was born,
From Norris Perry (Warwick HS - '59) of VA - 08/05/10 - "Vote for Grace (REPEATED)":
This is my daughter Laura's dog in a contest to be on the cover of a bag
of dog food.
Vote every day for Grace. Thanks.
Oh, Laura is your daughter, Norris! Well, that makes it all the more important!
Grace was named the September 2010 People's Choice! We only have 13 more days to vote for Grace!
It only takes about two seconds to cast your allotted daily vote)!!!