Christmas wouldn’t be the same without carols to be sung. So imagine my delight when I discovered that one of my favorite carols is actually Ukrainian.
Known the Western world as “Carol of the Bells”, the “Ukrainian Bell Carol” or “Schedryk” was composed by Ukrainian composer Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych. The original work was intended to be sung a cappella by mixed choir and tells the tale of a swallow flying into a household to proclaim the plentiful and bountiful year the family will have.
It first premiered on December 1916 by a choral group made up of students at Kiev University. The “Carol of the Bells” version we are familiar with was adapted to English by Peter Wilhousky in the 1930s. Another popular version “Ring, Christmas Bells” features more Nativity-based lyrics and was written by Minna Louise Hohman in 1947.
So for your listening enjoyment I tracked down a version from Ukraine (what did we do before YouTube and Wikipedia?)