William Price King has selected some wonderful international carols to share with us over the next two Saturdays. We hope it will help to ease you into the festive spirit.
“O Tannenbaum” is a German Christmas carol based on a traditional folk song which was totally unrelated to Christmas but became associated with the Christmas tree by the middle of the 19th century and from then on sung as a carol. The lyrics were penned by music teacher/composer Ernst Anschutz who based his text on a 16th century Silesian folk song by Melchior Franck, “Ach Tannenbaum.” The melody was derived from a 16th century folk tune “Es lebe hoch der Zimmermannsgeselle.” Here is an exquisite rendition of this carol sung by the Vienna Boys Choir.
Carol of Orestiada ( Κάλαντα Ορεστιάδας ) is a traditional Christmas Carol from the city of Orestiada in northeastern Greece and performed by the Rosarte Children’s Choir, conducted by Maria Demitriadou. The Rosarte Children’s Choir has twice won a gold medal at the Choir Olympics (in Graz in 2008 and in Riga in 2014). It is the only Greek choir that has achieved this distinction and is recognized internationally as one of the best children’s choirs in the world.
“Il est né, le devin enfant” (He is born, the divine Child) is a French carol first published in 1862 by R. Grosjean, organist of the Cathedral of Saint-Dié des-Voges, in a collection of carols entitled “Airs des Noëls Lorrains.” Here this carol is beautifully performed by the Gondwana Choirs (the Gondwana National Choirs and the Gondwana Indigenous Children’s Choirs) of Australia, and directed by Lyn Williams.
We hope you have enjoyed the first of the posts with carols from around the world and will join us again next Saturday.. thanks William.
If you missed the repeat of the first interview with William back in 2014 here is the link: William Price King – His Life and Music.
William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.
His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.
While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.
His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo with French/Greek guitarist Manolis, and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.
In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.
His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.
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