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Lully Lulla Lullay: A Modern Rendition of an Ancient Carol

Lully Lulla Lullay is a choral piece composed by Philip Stopford in 2008. It is based on the Coventry Carol, a traditional English carol that dates back to the 16th century. The Coventry Carol was part of a mystery play called The Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, which dramatized the biblical story of the Massacre of the Innocents. The carol is sung by the mothers of Bethlehem, who lament the loss of their children to King Herod's decree. The lyrics are as follows:

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Lully, lullay, Thou little tiny Child, Bye, bye, lully, lullay. Lullay, thou little tiny Child, Bye, bye, lully, lullay. O sisters too, how may we do, For to preserve this day This poor youngling for whom we do sing Bye, bye, lully, lullay. Herod, the king, in his raging, Charged he hath this day His men of might, in his owne sight, All young children to slay. That woe is me, poor Child for Thee! And ever mourn and sigh, For thy parting neither say nor sing, Bye, bye, lully, lullay.

The carol has a haunting melody and a somber tone, reflecting the grief and sorrow of the mothers. It is also known as the Lullaby of the Slaughtered Innocents.

Philip Stopford's version of the carol is a modern adaptation that preserves the original text and melody, but adds some harmonic and rhythmic variations. Stopford uses a four-part choir (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass) and a piano accompaniment. He also incorporates some dissonance and syncopation to create contrast and tension. The result is a beautiful and expressive piece that captures the emotion and drama of the carol.

Stopford's Lully Lulla Lullay has been performed by various choirs around the world, such as the Ecclesium Choir in Belfast, the King's Singers in London, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City. It has also been recorded and published by several music publishers, such as Hal Leonard and MorningStar Music Publishers.

If you are interested in learning more about Stopford's Lully Lulla Lullay, you can listen to some recordings on YouTube or Spotify. You can also download a free PDF copy of the sheet music from this website. Enjoy!

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