The New Oxford Book of Carols

Oxford University Press 1992

ISBN: 0-19-353323-5 (hardback)

ed Hugh Keyte and Andrew Parrott

The most comprehensive carol anthology in existence, this is a compendium of material from the Middle Ages to the present day that is breathtaking in its historical and geographical scope.  With over 300 settings of carols for the Christmas season with a wealth of new material from previously neglected repertoires, NOBC takes a fresh look at the carol in the light of current scholarship.

a supertanker among carol-books Richard Morrison (The Times)

a wonderful fireside book to dip into at Christmas…an excellent resource which should be used widely by musicians in schools, churches, amateur choirs and bands. (Musical Times)

It would make a wonderful present…I recommend it with my own best wishes for Christmas. Anthony Burgess (Observer)

The New Oxford Book of Carols is the most comprehensive, scrupulously edited and informative book of its kind in the history of publishing. (Washington Post)

an invaluable reference work of impeccable scholarship…worth every penny of its purchase price…It dispels myths, completes half-remembered extracts, traces ancestries and establishes connections both within and beyond the carol repertoire. (Plainsong and Medieval Music)

will be welcomed by all who are involved in planning music for services and concerts at Christmas.  It will enable them to enlarge their repertoire, and to perform many well-known pieces from scholarly editions.  The wealth of background material is astonishing. Stephen Cleobury, King’s College, Cambridge

carols are at the root of our musical life; this volume will be an indispensable companion for all who sing them.  It is astonishingly wide-ranging… the footnotes and comments alone provide a wealth of fascinating detail and background.  It will surely become a classic.Nicholas Kenyon, Controller, BBC Radio 3