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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 1st, 2020, 10:05 am

Image Christmas Carol Collection 2020.
LibriVox volunteers bring you a festive selection of Christmas carols for the 2020 holiday. This year's collection of carols includes traditional favorites and lesser-known selections. The singers wish all listeners around the world a happy and peaceful Christmas. (Maria Kasper)
  • How to claim a part: It is not necessary to pre-claim sections for this project. Simply follow the instructions listed below.
  1. Choose a Christmas carol, in any language, which is in the public domain. To avoid “Is it PD?” headaches, please make sure your carol was published in 1924 or earlier.
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  2. You may choose a carol from a book with a publication date of 1924 or earlier plainly visible. The next post below contains links to a number of carol books. You may use any of these, or another carol book of your own choice, so long as it was clearly published no later than 1924.
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  3. Please bear in mind that many Christmas carol websites are not usable for LV because they do not verify PD status clearly enough. Consult the next post for links to two websites which are generally acceptable for LV use.
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  4. If you are not in the US, please make sure the death dates of the composer and lyricist fall within the required dates to be PD in your own country. If in doubt, please ask!
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  5. If you choose, you may sing PD carol lyrics to an original tune made up by yourself. If you are using your own tune, please make sure to say so.
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  6. If you want to check what has been included in previous Christmas carol collections, you can check them out here:
    https://librivox.org/search?q=christmas%20carol%20collection&search_form=advanced
    But remember, it doesn't matter if the carol has been recorded before. A choice of voice is always welcome at Librivox! :D
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  7. Each singer may submit as many carols as they wish (well, within reason ;) ).
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  8. Any accompaniment must be performed by yourself.
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  • New to recording? Please read our Newbie Guide to Recording!
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  • Is there a deadline? Please upload your file by the DEADLINE of Saturday December 19th 2020
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  • Where do I find the text? Check the next post below for some suggested PD carol sources.
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    NOTE: SPECIAL CHORAL VERSION OF "AWAY IN A MANGER":
    Twinkle88 is putting together a full chorus of "Away in a Manger", which will be included in this collection when it is finished. If you'd like to join that chorus, please go over to the separate thread for that project, which is here:
    viewtopic.php?f=22&t=82791

    Please don't download or listen to files belonging to projects in process (unless you are the BC or PL). Our servers are not set up to handle the greater volume of traffic. Please wait until the project has been completed. Thanks!

    Magic Window:



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  • BEFORE recording: Please check the Recording Notes: http://librivox.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=6427#6430

    Set your recording software to:
    Channels: 1 (Mono)
    Bit Rate: 128 kbps
    Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
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  • DURING recording:
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    No more than 0.5 to 1 second of silence at the beginning of the recording!
    Make sure you add this to the beginning of your recording:
    START of recording (Intro)
    • "[Title] by [Author Name], 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"
      OR if you are singing in another language, please feel free to use the LibriVox disclaimer in that language. You can find these on this page in the Wiki.

    END of recording
    • At the end of the section, say:
      "End of [Title], by [Author Name]"
    • If you wish, you may also say: "Sung by [your name]."

    There should be ~5 seconds silence at the end of the recording.
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  • 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. See this LibriVox wiki page for a complete guide.
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    Save files as
    128 kbps MP3
    File name all in lowercase: ccc20_[carol's title]_[your initials in lower case]_128kb.mp3
    (e.g. ccc20_harktheherald_mk_128kb.mp3) (Please, be sure the file name is all in lower case, and that there are no spaces).
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    ID3 Tags are not necessary.
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  • Transfer of files (completed recordings)
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    • Upload your file with the LibriVox Uploader: https://librivox.org/login/uploader
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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: maryannspiegel
    • When your upload is complete, you will receive a link - please post it in this thread.
    • If this doesn't work, or you have questions, please check our How To Send Your Recording wiki page.
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  • Please always post in this forum thread when you've sent a file and include the following information:
    • * Link to your recording, as shown on the Uploader
      * Link to the text (and music) source
      * Language in which the carol is written
      * 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.
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    Please remember to check this thread frequently for updates!
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    • Any questions?
      Please post below
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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 1st, 2020, 10:06 am

Some sources for Christmas carols:

WEBSITES:
Using websites as sources for PD Christmas carols can be risky, because not all websites are careful about properly checking the copyright status of the music and lyrics they post. This is why we prefer that you choose a song from a book with a verifiable publication date.
However, we have discovered that these two websites have been reasonably reliable sources for Christmas carols: Hymntime and Hymnary.
Please note that not all of the carols on these sites are necessarily PD, so it is important to check dates on any song you choose. Both of these sites are good about providing publication dates and specific sources, often with scans of the original pages. If they list a hymn as having been published in 1924 or earlier, we will generally believe them. These two sites also frequently provide the death dates for the song's authors and composers, which is helpful for singers in "death-plus" countries.

CAROL BOOKS:
(Any other suggestions of PD carol songbooks will be welcome.)

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

Christmas carols new and old (1870)
by John Stainer (1840-1901); Henry Ramsden Bramley (1833-1916)
http://archive.org/details/chricarolsn00bram

Christmas Carols from the Wellesley Song Book (c1917)
by Wellesley College
http://www.archive.org/details/christmascarolsf00well

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

Christmas carols, ancient and modern
by William Sandys (1792-1874)
https://archive.org/details/christmascarolsa00sandrich

Carols old and carols new
by Rev. Charles L. Hutchins
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015009638027

Some ancient Christmas carols: with the tunes to which they were formerly sung in the west of England
collected by Davies Gilbert (1767-1839)
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/pst.000004289210

Christmas carols we love to sing
(various authors/composers)
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/pst.000067569229

Christmas carols and hymns for school and choir
compiled and edited by Hollis Dann
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uiuc.908539_001

Christmas carols; or, Sacred songs suited to the festival of Our Lord's nativity; with appropriate music, and an account of the Christmas carol.
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/hvd.32044010525418

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

Six Christmas songs: with English and German words
by Peter Cornelius
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.31822004582813

English folk-carols: with pianoforte accompaniment
by Cecil J. Sharp (1859-1924)
https://archive.org/details/englishfolkcarol00shar

OTHER LANGUAGES

Christmas and New Year songs
compiled by Florence H. Botsford. reprinted from the First and Second Volumes of Folk Songs of Many Peoples.
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/pst.000032504590
This book has carols from many countries, including Ukraine, Poland, Russia, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Austria, Greece, Japan, Germany, Denmark, Hungary. Most have words in the original language, as well as English translations.

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

Noëls anciens de la Nouvelle-France
https://archive.org/details/cihm_08743
Words in French, with music scores
Paroles en français, avec partitions (généralement un peu après le texte complet du chant)

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

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

Six Christmas songs: with English and German words
by Peter Cornelius
http://hdl.handle.net/2027/uc1.31822004582813

ITALIAN:
Sette canzoni pastorali sopra il Natale di nostro signor Gesù Cristo (1829)
by Carlo Roggia, professore di sacra teologia (no tunes)
https://archive.org/details/bub_gb_-i8GAlJOAfAC

DUTCH:
Oude en Nieuwere Kerstliederen (1852)
by Joseph Albert Alberdingk Thijm (1820-1889)
https://books.google.nl/books?id=G-RWAAAAcAAJ&printsec=fro

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Post by MaryAnnSpiegel » November 3rd, 2020, 7:49 am

Maria,

I'd be happy to MC this for you. I'll get your MW set up.

MaryAnn

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Post by ezwa » November 3rd, 2020, 11:24 am

Hello Maria,

Here are three I prepared when I had some time after reading in another thread that you would launch this in November:


I put all three melodies in the public domain.
And hopefully, I'll have at least one more to submit.
Ezwa

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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 3rd, 2020, 12:06 pm

MaryAnnSpiegel wrote:
November 3rd, 2020, 7:49 am
Maria,

I'd be happy to MC this for you. I'll get your MW set up.

MaryAnn
Thank you, Mary Ann! It's always a pleasure to work with you. I'll try not to cause you too many headaches! :wink:

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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 3rd, 2020, 12:09 pm

ezwa wrote:
November 3rd, 2020, 11:24 am
Hello Maria,

Here are three I prepared when I had some time after reading in another thread that you would launch this in November:

I put all three melodies in the public domain.
And hopefully, I'll have at least one more to submit.
Thank you, Ezwa! You're getting this project off to a quick start! I'll listen to these a bit later today, but I'm sure they'll be lovely; your contributions always are!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 3rd, 2020, 7:19 pm

Les Bergers de Bethléem
Préparation prochaine à la venue du Messie

These are both PL OK!
These tunes and harmonies are magnificent! I'm impressed with your talent as a composer, Ezwa!

Comme les bestes autrefois
This one is also delightful -- especially the different voices you provided for the animals!
Just one thing, the volume is a bit high at 93.1 db. If you can slightly lower volume, that'll be perfect.

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Post by adrianstephens » November 4th, 2020, 5:01 am

An early Merry Christmas to all!

https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/ccc20_thehollyandtheivy_aps_128kb.mp3

* Link to the text (and music) source
https://archive.org/details/englishfolkcarol00shar p17-18

* Language in which the carol is written
British English

* Author's/translator's (and composer's) name, birth and death dates
Trad. British. Wikipedia reports it first seen in 1814.

* Title of the carol
The Holly and the Ivy

* Duration (runtime) of the file in mm:ss
4:06
My Librivox-related YouTube series starts here: Part 0: Introduction. https://youtu.be/pMHYycgA5VU
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Part 15: Case Study (Poem) https://youtu.be/41sr_VC1Qxo
Part 16: Case Study 2 (Dramatic Reading) https://youtu.be/GBIAd469vnM

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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 4th, 2020, 6:39 pm

The Holly and the Ivy
Thank you, Adrian, for this lovely old favorite, so beautifully sung! This is PL OK!
Having the accompaniment actually demonstrate the "playing of the merry organ" was a nice touch! :thumbs:

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Post by ezwa » November 5th, 2020, 11:08 am

Thanks for the compliment, Maria! I'm happy you appreciated them.
Here is "Comme les bestes d'autrefois" minus 2.5 dB (sorry I haven't worked out how to use a volume checker with my OS): https://librivox.org/uploads/maryannspiegel/ccc20_commelesbestesautrefois_ez_128kb.mp3 (0:58).
Ezwa

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Post by Aikenpayne » November 5th, 2020, 5:23 pm

Hello all,

I would really like to participate, if possible.

I have a question.... I understand that pre-claiming isn't necessary. However, is the project limited to 20 carols or can more carols be added if the 20 spots are filled by the time I can get back ? (It may be a couple of weeks)

Cheers for now,

Sláinte,

Aiken

(stay safe, everyone)

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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 5th, 2020, 7:06 pm

Comme les bestes d'autrefois
Thanks, Ezwa! This is now PL OK!

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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 5th, 2020, 7:09 pm

Aikenpayne wrote:
November 5th, 2020, 5:23 pm
I have a question.... I understand that pre-claiming isn't necessary. However, is the project limited to 20 carols or can more carols be added if the 20 spots are filled by the time I can get back ? (It may be a couple of weeks)
Yes, I will continue adding sections for more carols as they come along, right up until the deadline. It's easier to add more sections to a project than to delete unused ones, so I always slightly underestimate how many we'll need, and then add a few more when necessary. Welcome to the project, Aiken! I look forward to hearing your contribution!

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Post by kobowo » November 8th, 2020, 6:44 am

Oh wow, this is nice! I'm gonna try to join. I haven't actually recorded anything yet apart from my 1-minute test but if it's singing it's something I've done before. Are newbies allowed to join? :lol: I used to sing for a choir and I saw a couple of songs I can sing based on the links above.

I have to apologize too, I clicked on listen to a link before seeing that I shouldn't. I did stop it as soon as I saw the red text though. Sorry! I'll be more careful and read the entire thread before moving further down.

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Post by commonsparrow3 » November 8th, 2020, 5:47 pm

kobowo wrote:
November 8th, 2020, 6:44 am
Oh wow, this is nice! I'm gonna try to join. I haven't actually recorded anything yet apart from my 1-minute test but if it's singing it's something I've done before. Are newbies allowed to join? :lol: I used to sing for a choir and I saw a couple of songs I can sing based on the links above.

I have to apologize too, I clicked on listen to a link before seeing that I shouldn't. I did stop it as soon as I saw the red text though. Sorry! I'll be more careful and read the entire thread before moving further down.
Yes! Newbies are very definitely welcome to join! I see that your 1-minute test has been OK'ed, so you are ready to record "for real". Singing a carol you enjoy would be a fun way to get started.

Don't be too worried about accidentally listening to a bit of another recording. We discourage that because it puts a large burden on our server if everyone is doing it unnecessarily. But listening to a short bit didn't break anything -- and now you know to not do it -- so see, you're already learning how to be a LibriVoxer! :thumbs:

I look forward to hearing your carol!

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