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Ding Dong Merrily on High

“Ding Dong Merrily on High” is a French Christmas carol. The melody dates to the 16th century,  first appearing as a secular dance tune in a dance collection written by Jehan Tabourot (1519–1593). The lyrics are from English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934). The carol was first published in its current form in 1924.

Like “Angels We Have Heard on High”, the song is noted for the Latin refrain, “Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!”, where the sung vowel sound “o” of “Gloria” is fluidly sustained through a lengthy rising and falling melismatic melodic sequence.

 

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