Symphonic Selections: A Christmas Festival

Symphonic Selections

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!

Comments

  1. Thanks for sharing. :D Christmas or holiday songs can be nice to listen to because they are usually very happy, positive and uplifting. :D

  2. When I was in band, I always liked playing Christmas songs! It’s pretty cool how there are different tones in these songs whether it’s light and peppy or dark and warm. These songs are nice on the dark and warmer side (in a good way). My boyfriend loves all of the songs with the low brass XD

  3. That’s a pretty medley! It’s nice to hear several holiday classics together in one song :) I think I like the version by Leroy Anderson more!

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! ^^ The Leroy Anderson version is different from the Boston Pops one. Amazing how a piece can sound different based on the conductor’s interpretation of it!

  4. Christmas music like this gives me chills. It really does sound do majestic! I love listening to orchestral versions of Christmas songs, and I really like the Leroy Anderson medley! I will have to save that video so I can listen to it while I’m wrapping presents later. :)

  5. I like Christmas music, but I’m not overly excited about it. It does make me feel nostalgic though.. :)

    • That’s good :) I always love holiday music because it just sounds so cheery and puts me in a good holiday mood.

  6. Holiday music can be pretty fun! =3

  7. Ahhh. Christmas songs are so nostalgic! I prefer listening to new versions to be honest, but this medley sounds great too!

    • I don’t always like the new ones, ahahaha! I much prefer the older versions :D I think I just really like the nostalgia it invokes in me.

  8. I love finding new songs to add to my Christmas mix. We host Christmas Eve, so I’ll add these to the playlist! :)

    • Yay! I’m glad this post helped you find a new piece to add to your Christmas mix ^^

  9. Thank you for sharing these! I love christmas songs too :”) They always make me feel really happy and joyful :3 My favourite christmas song of all time has to be, “Do they know its christmas time?” It’s really thought provoking and makes me realise how grateful I am.

    Happy holidays sweetie!

    • Happy holidays to you, too! Holiday music definitely has a cheerful feel to them (well, for most of them XD). I don’t think I’ve heard the one you like, so I’ll have to look into ^^

  10. Ahhh, I love the Boston Pops! It’s been a traditional with my friends to go see them live every year, but this year I missed out due to a shifted finals schedule and traveling home for the break. It really is a magical experience – thanks for sharing the amazing music they produce!

    • Aw! I think it’s great you get to see them live every year! I’m sorry you weren’t able to this year, but there’s always next! I hope I can see them in person one day :D

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