A hopeful Advent carol whose title translates to “Comfort, Comfort Ye My People”. Perhaps because of its unusual rhythms, this 16th-century melody is often sung in many church congregations at a very slow tempo and with extra beats that can rob the music of its spark. Here pipers are encouraged to bring the music back to its intended joyful, dance-like nature. (You may of course play it at whatever tempo you like, and with the extra beats, particularly if you’re accompanying congregational singers.) Chord symbols, a harmony part, and first verse lyrics in both German and English are included.
This is one of over 100 carols printed in the collection, On This Day Earth Shall Ring.
An audio sample, featuring Scottish smallpipes (A-chanter). The harmony part can be heard on the repeat, approximately halfway through the track: