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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

what's the history of the song O little town of bethlehem?

I need to know why this song was written. If you find out please make sure you like have 2 or more parragraphs about history of the song.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1903) of Philadelphia, wrote the words to O Little Town of Bethlehem in 1868, following a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He was inspired by the view of Bethlehem from the hills of Palestine especially at night time hence the lyrics of O Little Town of Bethlehem. His church organist Lewis Redner (1831-1908) wrote the melody to O Little Town of Bethlehem for the Sunday school children's choir.

    Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=ql0CnTY49mc

    CITY OF DAVID BETHLEHEM IN PALESTINE

    Byzantine Hymn of the Nativity - sung in Arabic from 700AD

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=MvjiVam2HO4

  • 1 decade ago

    Phillips Brooks, an Episcopal priest, was inspired when he was visiting the little town of Bethlehem in 1865. Three years later, he wrote the poem for his church and his organist, Lewis Redner, added the music. Redner's tune, simply titled "St. Louis", is the tune used most often for this carol in the United States. Meanwhile, the English tune "Forest Green", adapted by Ralph Vaughan Williams, is the tune most often used for this carol in the United Kingdom and sometimes in the U.S. as well, especially in the Episcopal Church.

    Another version by H. Walford Davies is usually performed only by choirs rather than as a congregational hymn. This is because the first two verses are for treble voices with organ accompaniment, with only the final verse as a chorale/refrain harmony. This setting includes a recitative from the Gospel of Luke at the beginning, and cuts verses 2 and 4 of the original 5-verse carol. This version is traditionally used at the service of Nine Lessons and Carols in Kings College, Cambridge.

  • Greco
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    1 decade ago

    All you have to do is search O little town of Bethlehem on google and it comes up with the history of it. You'll manage to get 2 paragraphs.

  • 4 years ago

    no longer precisely advantageous what you're asking right here? except there are further verses previous the conventional 3 all of us comprehend & sing that replicate greater 'tale'??? by using fact the foremost 3 verses carry on with biblical text cloth...

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