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Winter  Celebrations This was originally intended as a a CD of pieces reflecting Winter Celebrations of  various traditions: Druid, Christian, Jewish, Hindu,  Pagan, Ancient Roman etc The project has now become an anthology  of pieces available in various places.... Io Saturnalia - composed and performed by David W Solomons Solstice SOng - composed and performed by D W Solomons - poem by Moon Cloud The message of Christmas - instrumental electronic preview

Saturnalia Song

Io Saturnalia! Hodie igitur dominus noster non es.

Hooray, it’s Saturnalia, so today you’re not our boss

Hodie omnes aequales sumus. Io!

Today we are all equal, hooray!


[spoof of USA Anthem]

Salve O Frutici  

Hi there, Bush

Ecce meum pileum:

Look, see my little cap of freedom

libertus sum

I’m a free man


[spoof of UK Anthem]

Salve O Campestri

Hi there, Blair

Ecce meum pileum:

Look, see my little cap of freedom

libertus sum

I’m a free man


[spoof of German Anthem]

Salve O Candelari

Hi there Brandt

Ecce meum pileum:

Look, see my little cap of freedom

libertus sum

I’m a free man


Io Saturnalia, Io!

Hooray, it’s Saturnalia, hooray!


© D W Solomons


[Note on the invented names (used in the vocative in the song of course):

Fruticius is based on the word frutex a bush - it’s also used to mean “blockhead” in Roman comedies, but I can’t help that!.

Campestrius is based on “campester” - a plain or place of clear ground (Blair is the Celtic equivalent word - a forest clearing!)

Candelarius is based on candela - a taper or candle - ie something burning hence Brandt (yes, I know he’s earlier than the other two politicians, but, hey, it’s all a bit of anachronistic fun!)]


The score and parts are now available here

Solstice Song

O' Blessed Sun, new infant Sun

I greet you with this light

kept safe against the winter wind

through longest, darkest night.

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(chorus)

Come to us, New Sun, o' come

and cast thy ray on Earth

May all creation here below

find joy in your rebirth.

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The battle fought was long and hard

'twixt kings of Oak and Holly.

Now war is won and joy begun

Join us, New Sun, in our folly.

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(chorus)

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Strength increasing, Love unceasing

Peace to all who hear

The promise of a new day dawning

To banish hate and fear.

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(chorus)


© Moon Cloud


Score and parts available from Musik Fabrik

The Message of Christmas

Hear the message of Christmas time

Today is born the King of Kings

With glory hidden in a stable

For poor and humble are most able

To see in him the King of Kings



Hear the message of Christmas time

Today is born the Son of Man

With human flesh and pain and woe

Like one of us so we might know

That Jesus is the Son of Man



Hear the message of Christmas time

Today is born the Son of God

Who from his Father up above

came down to give us peace and love

Then sinless died the Son of God



Hear the message of Christmas time

Today is born the Word of God

To human flesh the Word became

Yet was and is and will be the same

For evermore the Word of God



Hear the message of Christmas time

Today is born the Light of Truth

Without it we are lost and stray from goodness

For Christ is the way, the only way

The Light of Truth



Hear the message of Christmas time

Today was born the King of Kings

And glory shone from that poor stable

So poor and humble are most able

To see in him the King of Kings.



© D W Solomons


Score available here

Io! Saturnalia! (video) Solstice Song video Chinese New Year Celebration The Feast of Lights

Al Hanisim - a Chanukah celebration

(versions for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

here at SheetmusicPlus

and for alto saxophone, clarinet and piano

here at SheetmusicPlus)



Mp3 (electronic preview with alto sax)

Score of vocal version available here Score of instrumental version available here