I'm afraid the Christmas season got the better of me this year and I decided to do this arrangement of the Huron Carol for piano, cello, trumpet and male choir. I generally don't do other peoples work but this happens to be one of my favs!
While I have taken considerably artistic license there are parts that are true to the original melody. Below I have given a bit of history of the carol which I hope is more or less accurate.
AS always, any oversights or suggestions on the arrangement, rendering and the mixing are always welcome!
The "Huron Carol" (Jesous Ahatonhia (Jesus he is Born) or "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime") is a Canadian Christmas hymn (Canada's oldest Christmas song), written in 1643 by Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Canada. Brébeuf wrote the lyrics in the native language of the Huron/Wendat people; the song's original Huron title is "Jesous Ahatonhia" ("Jesus, he is born"). The song's melody is a traditional French folk song, "Une Jeune Pucelle" ("A Young Maid"). The well known English lyrics were written in 1926 by Jesse Edgar Middleton. Jesous Ahatonhia is the first Christmas Carol known to have been composed in North America (Canada).