"Away in a Manger" is a Christmas carol first published in 1885 in Philadelphia and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. In Britain it is one of the most popular carols, a 1996 Gallup Poll ranking it joint second. The song was first published with two verses in an Evangelical Lutheran Sunday School collection, Little Children's Book for Schools and Families (1885), edited by James R. Murray (1841–1905), where it simply bore the title "Away in a Manger" and was set to a tune called "St. Kilda," credited to J.E. Clark. For many years the text was credited to the German reformer Martin Luther. Research has shown, however, that this is nothing more than a fable. In the book Dainty Songs for Little Lads and Lasses (1887) it bears the title "Luther's Cradle Hymn" and the note, "Composed by Martin Luther for his children, and still sung by German mothers to their little ones." A possible.
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Music was an early feature of the Christmas season and its celebrations. The earliest chants, litanies, and hymns were Latin works intended for use during the church liturgy, rather than popular songs. The 13th century saw the rise of the carol written in the vernacular under the influence of Francis of Assisi. In the Middle Ages, the English combined circle dances with singing and called them carols. Later, the word carol came to mean a song in which a religious topic is treated in a style that is familiar or festive. From Italy, it passed to France and Germany, and later to England. Christmas carols in English first appear in a 1426 work of John Audelay, a Shropshire priest and poet, who lists twenty five "caroles of Cristemas", probably sung by groups of wassailers, who went from house to house. Music in itself soon became one of the greatest tributes to Christmas, and Christmas music includes some of the noblest compositions of the great musicians. "Away in a Manger" is a Christmas carol first published in 1885 in Philadelphia and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. In Britain it is one of the most popular carols, a 1996 Gallup Poll.
PIANO – THE ENCHANTING MUSICAL INSTRUMENT IS BACK WITH A BACKUP OF TECHNOLOGY TO MAKE LEARNING MORE FUN AND EASIER FOR YOU
Some activities are so easy to nurture in childhood but as time passes by, they become difficult to even perform. Such an activity is playing piano. Everybody loves to play piano when they are young but with the passing time, commitments in the educational front, the professional front and then the family front, come and replace the priority of playing piano.
There are ways you can revive your old habit of playing piano. One of them is trying out solo playing and ensemble playing both; with the help music sheets of course because your separation from the instrument for such a long time might not let you remember everything you had learned. Playing in both these styles will let you know where you fit the best.
An audience does work like magic to bring out the artist in you. Spread the word of your returning to the world of piano. Get some music sheets and try to organize family gatherings where you can play in front of an audience. It could be a small group people or just a couple or two. The size of the audience does not matter, what matters is that the revived spirit that you will experience when playing piano for them.