Songs of the Season – George Winston – Night, part III: Minstrels

George Winston’s album “December” captures a bit of the feeling related to the time of year, the darkness and solitude. Most of the album consists of Christmas songs that the solo piano creates the “December” feel for, but there are a few that aren’t.

One of those that is not a Christmas song is entitled “Night, part 3: Minstrels”. However, it’s not an original composition. A dulcimer player by the name of Malcolm Dalglish had recorded it as a dulcimer piece under the name of “St. Basil’s Hymn“.

As it turns out, the song isn’t Dalglish’s either. It’s a Greek carol for New Year’s – which happens to be when St. Basil’s feast day is. The name of it is “Αρχιμηνιά κι Αρχιχρονιά” and I don’t have much of an idea of what the translation might be in English if it’s not what is written here:

In any case, I thought it was a weird little coincidence, and a neat song to post for today.

In addition to the “Carol of the Bells” playlist, I’ve started a general playlist of Christmas songs that will include pieces mentioned here, for anyone interested.

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