“O Tannenbaum” (Anchütz/Göring) & “This Little Babe” (Britten)

Although not originally a Christmas song, this 16th century folk tune, “O Tannenbaum”, German for “O fir tree”, has become a traditional Christmas carol favorite.  In 1824, Ernst Anschütz penned the lyrics to describe the fir’s evergreen characteristics as a symbol of constancy and faithfulness.  The gentlemen of LCS proudly present this 4-part a cappella traditional arrangement of this holiday favorite.

“This Little Babe” is the fifth of eleven carols in Benjamin Britten’s “A Ceremony of Carols”. Written in 1942, the text explores the battle between good (the baby Jesus Christ) and evil (Satan).  Accompanied by harp, the ladies of LCS are highlighted in this canon that is formulated into a tight round that creates an intricate cascading effect.

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