It’s the holiday season! One of the things I love about this season are the holiday songs. I’m a sucker for holiday music, so for this round of Symphonic Selections, I’ll share with you one of my favourite holiday instrumental pieces. This is a piece I discovered on the Boston Pops Christmas CD, and I was hooked ever since. This is a medley composed by Leroy Anderson, the same composer who wrote “Sleigh Ride”, and this song combines nine Christmas classics into one, and the arrangement is just absolutely brilliant.
The nine pieces in the medley are: “Joy to the World”, “Deck the Hall”, “God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen”, “Good King Wenceslas”, “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”, “The First Noel”, “Silent Night”, “Jingle Bells”, and “O Come, All ye Faithful”. I love the whole medley, but my absolute favourite part is around 7:15ish, when the low brass comes in with “O Come, All ye Faithful”. That part just sounds so majestic and it always a send a chill down my spine hearing it. This is the Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra version.
Meanwhile, here’s the original version by Leroy Anderson and his “Pops” Concert Orchestra. This version is a lot more calmer and not as “frantic” compared to the first one. I personally prefer the first one more because that’s the version I first heard and loved. But this one is just as nice and I shared it so you guys can compare :) I hope you all like this piece and I wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!