I need help finding a mixed Chorus, Choir, or Chorale Christmas album from the 40's, 50's, or 60's that's on YouTube! Each track on the album is a medley instead of an individual song, practically each track opened with Caroling Caroling, Sing We Noel, Sing We Now of Christmas, Master's In The Hall, or Now Is The Caroling Season and the album is named after that carol and one of the songs or the last song of the last track is Sleigh Ride! There is an Amen Cadence at the end of O come, all ye faithful in this album!

  • Can you clarify? "Amen" at the end of every song on the album? Are there specific carols you're interested in? Are you specifically looking for "Amen", which would come at the end of a prayer, or just an ending with the same kind of cadence?
    – Aaron
    Sep 20 '20 at 0:37
  • Any Christmas album where the Amen cadence is sung at the end of Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The First Noel, God rest you merry, gentlemen, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, O come, all ye faithful, etc, doesn't matter if it's one or two or three (etc) of the songs that I listed.
    – Ana Maria
    Sep 20 '20 at 0:52
  • Do you mean "medley," a combination of multiple songs where they are melded into each other (rather than "melody")? Apr 28 at 20:56
  • Yes I do! Thanks for pointing that out!
    – Ana Maria
    Apr 28 at 22:24

The pdf download of the dissertation from A History Of The Plagal-Amen Cadence references a number of hymns with plagal cadence. I haven't gone through the whole text but this seems to be a good starting point to identify the hymns you may want, which were originally composed with the cadance, and then try to track down a recording.

I don't know of any specific albums sung in English containing this cadence (I don't have any Latin recordings to hand).

I suspect that you may have to create your own recordings.

  • I'm specifically looking for recordings of an Amen cadence at the end of any of the classic Christmas hymns, such as "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", "The First Noel", "God rest you merry, gentlemen", "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear", "O come, all ye faithful", etc. I remember listing to a mixed Chorus, Choir, or Chorale Christmas album in which there is an an Amen cadence at the end of O Come, All Ye Faithful! I remember listening to such an album on YouTube but I forget which!
    – Ana Maria
    Sep 28 '20 at 2:31
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    Can you remember whether the recording you heard was American, British or other, as that may help. You would have thought that Hark! The Herald Angels Sing would lend itself to this cadence. I haven't found anything yet but I'll keep looking. Sep 29 '20 at 18:52
  • "which were originally composed with the cadence": it wasn't primarily part of the composition but rather a traditional addendum. And 40 years ago, at least in some circles, it was still added to essentially every hymn regardless of when the hymn was composed.
    – phoog
    May 8 at 6:03

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