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Tune Add: What shall we give?

Nigel Parsons 27 Jun 18 - 11:20 AM
Nigel Parsons 27 Jun 18 - 12:40 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 27 Jun 18 - 01:57 PM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 27 Jun 18 - 01:58 PM
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Subject: Tune Add: What shall we give?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Jun 18 - 11:20 AM

I spotted this one when listing contents of BBC Rhythm & Melody. I didn't recognise it, and thought it might be a nice addition for Christmas. The tune looks pleasant, singing it through in my head.
I only have the first page (others missing) so there may be further verses.

WHAT SHALL WE GIVE?
Rhythm & Melody Autumn 1962

What shall we give to the child of our Lady?
What shall we give to the Infant king?
Silk for his baby clothes, down for his pillow;
Tapestries hanging so fair round his bed;
Shoes for his tiny feet, gloves for his fingers;
Jewels and gold to adorn his sweet head.

X: 1
T: What shall we give?
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
C: Traditional
Z: NP 27/06/2018
K: Eb
z3 G3/2A/2B| B3/2c/2d e3/2d/c|c2B G3/2A/B|B3/2c/d (e3/2d/)c|B3 G3/2A/B| B3/2A/G F3/2E/F| G2 E G3/2A/B| B3/2A/G F3/2G/F| E3 G3/2A/B| B3/2A/G F3/2E/F| G2 E G3/2A/B| B3/2A/G F3/2G/F| (E6|E3) z3||
w: What shall we give to the child of our La-dy? What shall we give to the In-_fant king? Silk for his ba-by clothes, down for his pil-low; Ta-pes-tries hang-ing so fair round his bed; Shoes for his ti-ny feet, gloves for his fing-ers; Je-wels and gold to a-dorn his sweet head_.

Published by BBC Publications 1962
Information on the cover says "What shall we give?" from The Clarendon Book of Christmas carols and songs II, words by Huw Lewis.
NP


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: What shall we give?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Jun 18 - 12:40 PM

Searching for more information, I came across:

El Noi de la Mare (What shall we give to the child of the mother)given as a Catalan carol.

Or What shall we give to the child in the manger which, despite a nonsense (or drum aping) chorus "Tam pat-an, Tam Pat-an" follows the same melody.

Despite me not recognising this, it appears to be fairly well-known, and a popular source for arrangers.


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: What shall we give?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 27 Jun 18 - 01:57 PM

The tune (El Noi de la mare) is well-known to classical guitarists. Miguel Llobet, a pupil of Tarrega and a Catalan himself, arranged it for guitar (amongst other Catalan tunes) and it has been widely played and recorded by guitarists.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: What shall we give?
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 27 Jun 18 - 01:58 PM

Meant to add this: Here's John Williams playing it: El Noi de la Mare.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Tune Add: What shall we give?
From: leeneia
Date: 29 Jun 18 - 10:21 AM

Thanks, Nigel. That's a lovely tune, add the lyrics and it's a good piece for Christmastime, esp. Epiphany.


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