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Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Happy Real Epiphany

C + M + B

Wishing all of our readers a blessed Epiphany.


MomE. said...

That made my Epiphany complete! Thanks,

Enbrethiliel said...


We Three Kings of Orient Are is one of my favourite Christmas songs of all time and one I get to hear at Mass exactly once a year. Other Christmas songs may sneak into Advent, but never this one.

I have never heard this arrangement before. It takes the song to a whole new level (if you'll pardon the cliched expression); and having listened to it, I can now say, like MomE, that it totally made my day! Thanks, Darwin.

Darwin said...

Yes, this is an arrangement by Eugene Ormandy, who was the conductor of the Philadelphia Philharmonic for many years.

It has a special place in my heart because as a child I heard it every year in the Christmas Star planetarium show at the Griffith Observatory where my late father was a lecturer.

There are two CDs out there with Ormandy's Christmas orchestrations. Another favorite, if you can find it, is his Carol of the Bells, which is similarly "at a whole new level".

The Opinionated Homeschooler said...

It has pleased me to see so much celebration of the real Epiphany here in l'Ile d'Austin. All around us Wednesday, the good townspeople were making merry, clad in the burnt orange of the season, lighting lights, descending in mobs on the greengrocer's to purchase libations and fried food products with salsa, and intoning the traditional carol:

Tonight, I trust, the tower will be aglow. Peace on earth, good will to men, Texas fight!

Anonymous said...

Do you wish to explain the C+M+B? Please.

mrsdarwin said...


David Alexander explains it pretty well here. Also, CMB represents the traditional names of the wise men: Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar.