[COMPLETE] Christmas Carol Collection 2012

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Post by RuthieG » October 7th, 2012, 1:49 pm

Multilingual Christmas Carol Collection 2012.

This project is now complete! All audio files can be found on our catalog page: http://librivox.org/christmas-carol-collection-2012/
This year's LibriVox selection of traditional Christmas carols
  • Feel free to choose any Christmas carol, in any language, which is in the public domain.
  • There are some links to carol books in this post.
  • Each singer may submit as many carols as they wish (well, within reason ;) ).
  • If you are unsure about the public domain status of words, music and arrangement, please post here with full details of the source before you record, so that we can be sure that everything is out of copyright. Any accompaniment must be performed by yourself.
  • More sections will be added if necessary
DEADLINE - 7th December 2012

If you want to check what has been included in previous Christmas collections, look at these:

http://librivox.org/christmas_poetry_and_hymn_collection/
http://librivox.org/librivox-2006-christmas-short-works-collection/
http://librivox.org/christmas-carol-collection-2006/
http://librivox.org/christmas-short-works-collection-2007/
http://librivox.org/christmas-short-works-collection-2008/
http://librivox.org/christmas-short-works-collection-2009/
http://librivox.org/christmas-carol-collection-2009/
http://librivox.org/christmas-carol-collection-2010/
http://librivox.org/christmas-carol-collection-2011-by-various/

But remember, it doesn't matter if it has been recorded before. A choice of voice is always welcome at Librivox! :D

Prospective Prooflisteners: Please read the Listeners Wanted FAQ before listening! Standard PL

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BC Admin Recording Notes:
  • Set your recording software to:
    • Channels: 1 (Mono)
      Bit Rate: 128 kbps
      Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
  • At the BEGINNING Say: "[Title] by [author], *sung in [language] "This is a Librivox recording. All Librivox Recordings are in the public domain. For more information or to volunteer, please visit Librivox.org"

    * optional
  • At the END, say: "End of [Title], by [Author Name]"
  • If you wish, you may also say: "Sung by [your name]."
  • Please leave 5 seconds of silence at the end of your recording.

    AFTER recording:
  • Need noise-cleaning?
    Listen to your file through headphones. If you can hear some constant background noise (hiss/buzz), you may want to clean it up a bit. The new (free) version 2.0.xx.of Audacity (Mac/Win) has much improved noise-cleaning. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
  • Save files as
    128 kbps MP3
    File name all in lowercase: [carol's title]_[author's last name]_[your initials].mp3
    (e.g. harktheherald_wesley_rg.mp3)
    (File name all in lower case, and title all in one word with NO leading articles (the, a, an) and NO SPACES)
  • ID3 V2 tags
    (To find out more about ID3 tags, go to our wiki: http://wiki.librivox.org/index.php/How_to_Add_or_Edit_ID3_Tags)
    Add the following tags to your .mp3 file (how you do this depends on which software you use – if you are unsure about ID3 tags, send me a message). Please mind upper and lower case!

    Title: Language - Title (e.g. Hark the Herald Angels Sing)
    Artist: Author name (e.g. John Wesley)
    Album: Christmas Carol Collection 2012

    Please ignore tags for Genre and Track Number - these will be filled in automatically at the cataloguing stage.
  • Transfer of files (completed recordings)
    Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file.
    Please include the following information:
    * Link to the text (and music) source
    * Author's/translator's (and composer's) name, birth and death dates
    * Title of the carol
    * Duration (runtime) of the file in mm:ss
    * and if this is your first recording: how you would like to be listed in the LibriVox catalogue. We can also link to a personal web site/blog.
  • Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader (when your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread):
    http://upload.librivox.org
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    (If you have trouble reading the image above, please message an admin)
    You'll need to select the MC, which for this project is: rg - RuthieG
  • If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
Any questions?
Please post below or PM me. :)
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Post by RuthieG » October 7th, 2012, 1:51 pm

Some sources for Christmas carols:

ENGLISH (with some Latin)
Arundel Hymns (c1905) by Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk, (1847-1917); Charles Tindal Gatty
http://www.archive.org/details/arundelhymnsmusi00norfuoft
Words in Latin and English. Some very good stuff here.

Christmas with the Poets: A Collection of Songs, Carols, and Descriptive Verses Relating to the Festival of Christmas from the Anglo-Norman Period to the Present Time (1852) Henry Vizetelly. Some very interesting items in this.
http://www.archive.org/details/christmaswithpo01chrigoog

Christmas Carols from the Wellesley Song Book (c1917) by Wellesley College
http://www.archive.org/details/christmascarolsf00well
Plenty of good traditional carols, with music.

The Festival Song Budget: Christmas 1913 (1913)
http://www.archive.org/details/festivalsongbudg00newy

Christmas carols ancient and modern by William Lawrence Tomlins (1844-1930)
http://www.archive.org/details/christmascarolsa00toml

Christmas Carols (1900) by Francis Landon Humphreys (1851-1937)
http://www.archive.org/details/christmascarols00humpgoog

Christmas carols; old English carols for Christmas and other festivals (1922) by Lavinia Edna Walter; Lucy Etheldred Broadwood, (d. 1929)
http://www.archive.org/details/christmascarolso00walt

Open Hymnal
Hymns on the Open Hymnal site are mostly in the US public domain. There are some with parts still under copyright, which they state clearly so you can find out if they are PD without hunting all over creation. They also very helpfully include MIDIs and mp3's.
http://openhymnal.org/index.html

NetHymnal
Then there is NetHymnal (which I think used to be Cyberhymnal), though again one must double check copyright especially of the harmonies.
http://nethymnal.org/

Hymns and Carols of Christmas
Thousands of carols mostly from Public Domain sources.
http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/

Father Finn's Carol Book Francis James Finn (1859-1928)
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015009638043

The Cowley Carol Book (1922) George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934)
http://archive.org/details/cowleycarolbookf00wooduoft

FRENCH:
Ten provençal carols (c1918) by Micoulau Saboly (1614-1675)
http://www.archive.org/details/tenprovenalcar00sabo
Words in English and French

GERMAN:
Weihnacht-spiele und lieder aus Süddeutschland und Schlesien (1875) ed. Dr. Karl Weinhold (1823-1901)
http://www.archive.org/details/weihnachtspiele00weingoog

Evangelisches Gesangbuch (1889) by Evangelical Synod of North America
http://www.archive.org/details/evangelischesge00amergoog
Hard to read

Evangelisches Gesangbuch für Kirche, Schule und Haus in Basel-stadt und Basel-land (1859) by Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche des Kantons Basel-Stadt,
http://www.archive.org/details/evangelischesge00unkngoog
Hard to read

Any more PD sources, particularly for carols in other languages, will be most heartily welcomed. :)

Ruth
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Post by chocoholic » October 7th, 2012, 2:23 pm

Hymns on the Open Hymnal site are mostly in the US public domain. There are some with parts still under copyright, which they state clearly so you can find out if they are PD without hunting all over creation. They also very helpfully include MIDIs and mp3's.
http://openhymnal.org/index.html

Then there is NetHymnal (which I think used to be Cyberhymnal), though again one must double check copyright especially of the harmonies.
http://nethymnal.org/

Just thought I'd mention them in case you want to add them to the list, Ruth. :)
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Post by RuthieG » October 7th, 2012, 2:43 pm

Brilliant! Thank you Laurie Anne. :) Added to post.

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Post by rocknroll » October 10th, 2012, 7:22 am

Ok, so I thought I'd start off the carols.

Source: http://www.free-scores.com/PDF_EN/gruber-franz-xaver-stille-nacht.pdf
Music by Franz Xavier Gruber, Text by Joseph Mohr
Stille Nacht
Duration: 02:00
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/rg/stillenacht_gruber-mohr_kt.mp3

Not sure about my volume levels, let me know if there's a problem.

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Post by RuthieG » October 11th, 2012, 3:43 am

Lovely, Kristel! What a good start. :)

I presume you played the guitar on this yourself? Well done!

PL OK, also.

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Post by rocknroll » October 11th, 2012, 7:25 am

Yeah, well, making the most of my novice guitar playing ability. :)

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Post by elainesilva » October 11th, 2012, 11:20 am

* Link to the text (and music) source: http://www.christmas-carol-music.org/SATB/AngelsWeHaveHeard.html
* Author's/translator's (and composer's) name, birth and death dates: Traditional French Carol
* Title of the carol: Angels We Have Heard On High
* Duration: 03:01
http://upload.librivox.org/share/uploads/rg/angelswehaveheardonhigh_traditional_ls.mp3

I think I've messed up somewhere so uhm, yeah. :oops: I'm just not sure where though. >.<
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Post by LadyM » October 11th, 2012, 11:24 am

I'm having a little trouble - I'd like to record a version of "Don Oíche úd í mBeithil" which is a really old traditional Irish carol, but I can't find any information about its actual provenance. Loads of people have done recordings and it's just labelled "Traditional" on each one. Can I record it, or should I try to find something more specific to state that it's in the public domain?

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Post by RuthieG » October 11th, 2012, 2:57 pm

Thank you, Lyn. :)

LadyM: can you find an online version for me, please? I am not having any success. I need to be sure that what you sing is in the Public Domain, you see.

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Post by TriciaG » October 11th, 2012, 3:02 pm

I've done some searching at Google Books, Archive, and Hathi Trust, but haven't found that Irish carol. :( It MUST be somewhere where it shows its age.
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Post by LadyM » October 11th, 2012, 3:09 pm

I'll keep looking! Or, what I might be able to do is find it in the reference section of the library, and then scan a picture of it. I'll go check it out tomorrow! The feckin thing's gotta be somewhere :D

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Post by RuthieG » October 11th, 2012, 3:11 pm

I can only find a copyrighted arrangement of it. Can't use that, unfortunately.

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Post by rocknroll » October 14th, 2012, 8:24 am

Would this be public domain only in the US? I'm not sure about the setter.
http://openhymnal.org/Pdf/Gabriels_Message-Gabriel.pdf

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Post by mlcui » October 14th, 2012, 8:52 am

Hello everyone!
I'd like to record a song called "Himig ng Pasko", a traditional Filipino Christmas song.
But I'm not so sure if it's PD. Please help me confirm this?

Here's a couple of links to the song:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Filipino_Christmas_carols#Notes_and_references
http://kapitbisig.com/philippines/christmas-songs_333.html
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