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Taladh Chriosda Publication Details
Tladh Chriosda (Christ Child Lullaby - Scotland)

 
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  Catalogue Number -
PEL2060 SATB

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB Choir with
Organ accompaniment
optional Bodhrn

Level of Difficulty - Easy


Uses/Season -
Christmas Concert, Service Anthem
Duration -
4:00 mins

Pages Music -
7 pages - 12 page booklet

This arrangement is sung in Gaelic
with phonetic pronunciation noted
below the Gaelic text in the music.
Format -
SATB/organ choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2013

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Description/Remarks


PEL2060 Tladh Chriosda. Also known as Tladh ar Slnair this hymn based on a traditonal Scottish folk tune, is sung at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in the islands of Barra, South Uist, and Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides. The words were written by Father Ranald Rankin, and given by him to the children of his congregation in Moidart, when he left for Australia in 1855. The original song has twenty-nine verses, and as with many old Gaelic songs, several variants of the tune exist. 

This version was arranged by Paul Halley for the University of King's College Chapel Choir for the concert series "A King's Christmas' in 2013, and performed again in 2016 (see youtube video below). The tune was sung in Gaelic by three female choristers, backed up by the choir, with Paul Halley playing organ, and Nick Halley improvising on bodhran. This is a romantic and atmospheric arrangement of the traditional folk song for Christmas celebrations.

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Youtube video of this music on the University of King's College Chapel Choir channel - Paul Halley, director. "Taladh Chriosda" (Christ Child Lullaby) live recording from 'A King's Christmas 2016' - starts at 1:25:30 - four minutes to 1:29:16.

 

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Listen to live recording of "A King's Christmas 2016" performance below on youtube.
 
 
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  Text

Tladh Chriosda (Christ Childs Lullaby) - Scotland (Isle of Barra)

Mo ghaol, mo ghrdh is meudail thu
Miunntas r is mibhneas thu
Mo mhacan luinn, ceutach thu
Chan fhi mi fhin bhi d dhil
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

Mo ghaol an t-sil a sheallas tlth
Mo ghaol an cridh tha liont le grdh
Ged is leanabh thu gun chil
Is lonmhor buaidh tha ort a fs

S tusa grian gheal an dchais
Chuireas dorchadas air fgairt
Bheir thu clann-daoin bho staid bhrnaich
Gu naomhachd, soilleireachd is elas


Translation:
My love, my dear, my darling
My new treasure, you are my joy
You are my beautiful, fair son
I am unworthy to be near you
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia

My darling of the gentle eyes
My darling whose heart is filled with love
Though you are but a helpless baby
Great victories will be yours

You are the white sun of hope
Who will banish darkness from us
You well redeem Mankind from sorrow
To sanctity, light and knowledge


Also known as Tladh ar Slnair, this hymn is sung at Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in the islands of Barra, South Uist and Eriskay in the Outer Hebrides. The words were written by Father Ranald Rankin, and given by him to the children of his congregation in Moidart, when he left for Australia in 1855. The original song has 29 verses, and as with many old Gaelic songs, several variants of the tune exist.