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Listen to this, and need I say more as to why this is one of my favourites of all time?

Gaudete is one of the rare treasures that haven't been brought up very much except, recently, by Erasure, who are doing a version of this carol. I've noticed that this song, and a few others (In Dulce Jubilo and Ave Maria de Montserrat) are the few hymns which work best with voice and percussion.

It's Christmas Eve at the time of uploading, and later today, I will be singing (and drumming) this -- I am very much looking forward to it. <3

The full lyrics and translation can be found here:

All vocals, as well as the bodhrán playing, were done by yours truly.

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Troisnyx responds:

And a blessed one to you as well. I love you.

Impressive! Don't know how this passed over my "radar".

Troisnyx responds:

Eeee, cheers. ^_^ I hope to do a much better quality one in future, now that I've got a few more drums in my arsenal.

I absolutely love this.

This is one of my favorite songs and the way you have performed this has led me to believe you must be hiding a choir somewhere. I could not tell that you were the sole voice performing all of the parts.

Thank you for sharing!

Troisnyx responds:

Anytime, I'm glad you loved it!

(Vocal layering isn't new, but I started using it after realising that a number of artists I enjoy listening to -- Enya, Akiko Shikata, Erutan -- use the technique.)

I really enjoyed the atmosphere it gives very good !

Troisnyx responds:

Eh, thanks! Glad you enjoyed it. : )

I'm not sure if this was your intention, but it makes me think about how people in the medieval times would celebrate while listening to this. It also reminds me of Corvus Corax which is a band responsible for various "medieval" themes. I don't realy know how to properly adress this genre.

I liked this whole thing so much that I actualy felt kind of hurt when there weren't certain "finishers" to the individual sections in a form of more percussion. But maybe that's just me not comprehending the mind behind the composition.

In the end its a very very wonderful piece of work and I'm realy glad that I've found this kind of music, because even tho I might be burried in the Electronic music I do have a soft spot for this.

Troisnyx responds:

I think, more than it being my intention, this was the intention of the hymn -- Gaudete is a medieval Christmas gathering song. And a lot of medieval hymns which doubled as gathering songs work well with percussion -- I listed In Dulce Jubilo and Ave Maria de Montserrat as examples, and I hope to cover those two someday. Being Catholic and a drummer, it raises two more chords in me because one, I celebrate out of faith, and two, the beat of the drum delights me very much. Case in point as to why Gaudete is one of my favourite Christmas carols of all time.

I do feel your pain about the percussions -- I couldn't find my ankle bells (yes, I've got some), and I decided to go it with simply the bodhrán and the voice. In an actual setting you could imagine people taking their tambourines and dancing, and yes, I feel you right there. I regret not having been able to do this.

Still, glad you enjoyed it! Thank you so much for listening <3

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4.83 / 5.00

Dec 23, 2013
9:47 PM EST
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3 MB
2 min 37 sec

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