HAVE A JOYOUS WINTER SOLSTICE DAY 2012 AND HOLIDAY SEASON!
From: Rocky Montana
To Patrick and Anne Bellringer, and all the Fourwinds Contributors and Readers:
Have a joyous Winter Solstice day 2012 and Holiday season!
The Carol Of The Bells -George Winston
Mykola Leontovych (1877 - 1921) was a popular Ukrainian composer, choral conductor, priest, and teacher of international renown. He is recognized for composing "Shchedryk" in 1904 (which premiered in 1916), known to the English speaking world as "Carol of the Bells". The song is recognized by a four-note ostinato motif. It has been arranged many times for different genres, styles of singing and settings and has been covered by artists and groups of many genres: classical, jazz, metal, rock, and pop. The piece has also been featured in films, television shows, and parodies. The original musical composition was not copyrighted.
Peter J. Wilhousky (1902 - 978) was a popular American composer, educator, and choral conductor of Ukrainian/Rusyn ethnic extraction. In 1936, he wrote a set of English lyrics to Leontovych's popular "Shcherdryk" instrumental composition and named it "Carol of the Bells". Wilhousky's lyrics and the English name "Carol of the Bells" were copyrighted.