December Musical Giftstravaganza, 12/8
When I was little, we had a Christmas compilation on 8-track that was on continuous play. One day a few years ago around Christmastime, I was in the shower and one of the tracks popped into my head. →
I decided I had to find it, but it was a instrumental classical track, last heard in the 1970s, on one of a jillion permutations of the Time-Life empire. How to proceed? I asked my mom, and she gave me the 8-track (!!), but I had no way to play it, and there were other songs on it that I couldn't identify from the title.
Hello, Internet and the world of Christmas music blogs! After some intense Googling, I finally saw the tracklist of a similar compilation on a Christmas music blog. I contacted the blogger, and he sent me the album, and I confirmed that the piece listed was the one that I remembered. Reunited with this lovely earworm at last! I hope you enjoy Glory to God in the Highest
, composed by Giovanni Batista Pergolesi, orchestra unknown but possibly the London Pops Orchestra, due to their long association with the (it turns out) Columbia House- Home for Christmas empire. (Audio file may be a little rough due to vinyl-to-mp3 transition.)