Christmas Carol Quiz for Christina

  1. NBrueghelame three carols where the word “winter” is sung in the verses.
  2. Identify the carol in which the word “snow” appears five times in the same verse.
  3. In which carol do the words “wondering” and “wondrous” appear?
  4. Which two words rhyme with “chime” in Ding Dong Merrily on High?
  5. In which Christmas Carol, does one “strike the harp”?
  6. In the twelve days of Christmas, what was sent by “my true love” on the 9th day of Christmas.
  7. Identify the carol from which this metre is taken from the 1st and 3rd lines of each verse.                       “pom pom  –  pompom  pom  pom  pom  pom”.
  8. In which carol are the cows depicted as “twitching the sweet hay”?
  9. Name the two composers who scored separate musical setting of “In the Bleak mid-winter”.
  10. In which 15th century verse/carol is the birth of the baby Jesus described “as dew in April”. (Leonard Berkeley was commissioned to set this to music in the 1960’s)
  11. Name this macaronic 15th century carol which celebrates the sacrifice of a wild animal. (No Janus, this has nothing to do with macaroni.)

So there you go; encouraged by Boadicea for posting a Quiz and admonished by Christina for failing to acknowledge her musical talents. 

37 thoughts on “Christmas Carol Quiz for Christina”

  1. Thanks for this PG!

    I’ll abide by your comment re CO – but I suspect the only ones I know will have been answered by the time I get up tomorrow morning!

    Hey John! It’s three carols with the word winter!

  2. Yes John you lightning off the blocks. Strangely, quite a few of my friends (choristers) knew the verse but the Carol didn’t immediately come to them. You must have been eating porridge this morning. Maybe see you later on! And yes, if and when answers are forthcoming, they should be restricted to allow CO to have a bash.

  3. OK, PNG.

    Team M now have all the answers to our own satisfaction, except for 7. We only had to google one of them.

    Can Mrs M please have a clue for Number 7? ‘Assuming that the dash is a rest, is it a minim rest or a crotchet rest?

  4. Happy new year from Oz – it being 00.21!

    May I suggest PG that you set some time limit for CO to read this…

    … and wearing my hard-hat ( 🙂 ) as ‘rule-maker’ – might I say the JM is right that the usual rule of initially one answer per person should apply.

    Cheers !

  5. John, number 7 – the second ‘pom’ is a dotted crotchet and the third ‘pom’ is a quaver beat.
    Janus – you know ALL of them? Or you know number 7?
    Boadicea – to all comers as from 6 p.m. GMT.

  6. 7 Don’t quite understand the question, but if you want plenty of poms I suggest the Little Drummer Boy?

    As JM knows the rest I’ll leave him to it.

  7. Hi PapaG, a Happy New Year to you

    Got the easy ones (5 & 6) and half of 4 ???? 🙂

    Good quiz, you can do more of these, they’re good fun.

    … 🙂 …

  8. Apologies JM – but it was well, well past midnight here – and I had been celebrating NY with the usual beverages … 🙂

    I can’t join in – since the only answers I now know I had to do a ‘cheat-google’

    … many thanks PG for this 🙂

  9. A Good New Year to you PNG. Echoed by Mrs M.

    Who offers ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’ for No. 7. But only if the dash is irrelevant and the last ‘pom’ is a rest.

    This means absolutely nothing to me but she says that it should make sense to you.

    She also says, by the way, that No. 10 is usually written as ‘dewe in Aprylle’ and that it’s one of her favourites.

  10. Absolutely correct Mrs M – a favourite of mine too!

    As for number 7, suppose I re-wrote the metre as “da daa – didaa da da da da” though I fear I’m digging a grave for myself here. Last and obvious clue will be posted at 18:00 hrs GMT.

  11. Good evening, PNG

    OK. Mrs M now has the answer but is definitely not happy!

    Apparently, she usually sings that one to ‘Winchester Old’ and does not, therefore, recognise your ‘poms’. She is also still not happy about the dash which she holds to have been a snare and a delusion. .

    ‘While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks By Night’.

  12. Apologies to Mrs M – the question was put in as a tease and was NOT well thought out. (Originally I played the bass line and invited listeners to guess the carol.)

    Janus – yes; results of Poetry Competition will be published by 10 a.m. tomorrow.

  13. Mrs M’s compliments, PNG. It’s the Arthur Sullivan version with which she is familiar. As also often used for ‘It Came Upon the Midnight Clear’.

  14. A Good New Year to you too, LW.

    Nowt wrong with ‘Cranbrook’ when one is hatless on the heath.

    And, having just sounded it out, I can see how it could serve for sedentary, nocturnal flock-observing ovine operatives. .

  15. Phew !!

    Having always sung the shepherds’ sock-washing song to the same tune, Boadicea and I were relieved to find that it was in fact “Winchester Old” – hence fully approved for Poms and their Aussie derivatives.

    Having visited Ilkla as a child – sans chapeau – I was a little shocked to discover that the tune could be varied from the one I had learnt, which also, apparently, had a name. How disconcerting. 😦

    However, this put me in mind of a little ditty (not a carol) that we learned in ‘O’ level Latin. If memory serves, it went something like this –

    Natu in summo monte in Tennessee
    Viridissima civitas in patria liberi …

    Who was it?

  16. That’s the chap! Possibly an ancestor of James T Kirk and his final front ear? 🙂

    A very Happy New Year to you too.

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