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I'm working on a Christmas album and this is the first song I've finished off of it. It's one of my all-time favorite Christmas songs.

- J/Hypothyptica

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I never thought I would actually hear a rendition of this song on NG, primarily since it is a frech carol.

I love what you did with it, however. I must give you props.

Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)

Pretty good

I've played this on clarinet, piano and harpsichord, but I think yours is better.

The one problem is that there's a lot of open space between phrases, don't know if that's the "remix" part or what. Other than that, great job, keep it up.


It doesn't sound very christmasy, and I can't say I recognize the melody...not that I'm a devout Christian, but I do know a few Christmas songs. I like the arrangement nonetheless, it seems very well put together. Have you done "God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen"? That's one of my favorites, and I'd like to hear it in this style. Needless to say, if you haven't done that one, I will :P heheh. I'm only giving you a nine because you said this is going on your Christmas album...and like I said, it doesn't sound very christmasy to me. If it were for any other occassion it'd be a ten.

Hypothyptica responds:

Yeah, it's not one of the better-known carols. It's a traditional French carol and "revolves around the birth of Jesus Christ, and is told from the perspective of shepherds playing simple instruments--flutes and drums--the onomatopoetic sound of which gives the song its name; 'patapan' is meant to mimic the sound of the drum, and an accompanying lyric, 'tu-re-lu-re-lu,' the flute..." according to wikipedia.

Mannheim Steamroller also does a nice version of this song as well.

But thank you for your review anyhow! And I will very much consider doing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". The only thing holding me back is time! :D

- Hypothyptica

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Sep 29, 2008
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