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The International Book of Christmas Carols

Read all about noted American writer George K Evans and his book, The International Book of Christmas Carols at Christmas Carnivals. It was published in 1963 by Prentice Hall. Evans was an imaginative thinker who complemented the publication of carol books in the 20th century.

Reprinted by the Greene Press in 1980, this book both translates and annotates the songs.

It is an attractive anthology abounding in illustrations by Don Martinetti and a foreword by Norman Luboff. The settings of the carols are arranged by Walter Ehret. They are simple and can be accessed with a normal pitch. At the end of each carol, are chord symbols and a guitar tab chart. Virtually one of the first carol books, it contains words and tunes from various countries from all over the world and their respective historic contexts.

Evans puts equal emphasis both on the English text as well as on the derivative language of the individual carol. The rhythmic movement of the carols is left undisturbed. The book features carols that have remained untouched in any other study, especially the Slavic, Spanish and Scandinavian ones.

The arrangements with chords of carols from around the world are complete with lyrics in the original language as well as English. This special collection also includes background information on the observance of Christmas through the years and notes about specific carols give added understanding. Songs are included from England, Italy, Latin America, Spain, Scandinavia, Poland, Czech Republic, and more.

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