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Pat a Pan

“Pat-a-pan” is a French Christmas carol written by Bernard de La Monnoye (1641–1728) and first published in 1720.

The carol revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments—flutes and drums. “Patapan” is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and the lyric, “tu-re-lu-re-lu,” the flute. This is similar conceptually to the carol “The Little Drummer Boy”, with its chorus of “pa-rum-pa-pum-pum.”

My 1960’s style instrumental rock setting accordingly features a prominent drum part. For a “B” Section, I incorporated the carol “I Saw Three Ships”, a traditional and popular Christmas carol from England. The earliest printed version of “I Saw Three Ships” is from the 17th century.

December 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm Leave a comment


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