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Christmas music

Postby gypzy » 02-Dec-06 6:02

How available is Christmas music in the CR? Do some radio stations play it all the time when the season gets close to Christmas Day? In the states some radio stations play it all day, no commercials, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Do any Czech stations do that too? Is it really old fashioned and churchy or somewhat modern? I know that CR is least Christian country in Europe, but I thought I would ask if modern rock singers record Christmas CDs? Do you ever get to hear American rock or country Chrismas songs? Also, can I order Czech Christmas CDs in time?

Wow, today must be day of 20 questions :lol: !
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Postby eso » 04-Dec-06 18:47

It seems nobody wants to answer, so it's on me again (and others then will make witty remarks about my post :-) )

Keep in mind that definitely I'm not expert on Christian music.

Czechs like their Christmas, but they generally aren't stricly speaking connected to Christianity. Czech name of Christmas is Vánoce, which is from German "Weihnachten" - saint nights, bot nobody knows it.

Radio a Tv stations play Christmas songs, which are
1. classic carols like "Narodil se Kristus Pán", "Tichá noc"
2. popular Christmas songs from socialism, like "Vanoce, Vanoce prichazeji"
3. Czech versions of english songs like Jingle Bell

On public Czech TV can be live transmission of mass (but probably only on second channel, which is considered as "intellectual").

Commercials are included the same way as in ordinary day.

Last day of year (Silvestr) is considered as day of fun a this day there can be funny versions of serious programmes (like news etc).

About Christmas CDs - popular singers record Christmas CDs, but it only means, that they are meant as Christmas presents and they aren't directly connected to Christianity (even if they include versions of Christmas carols etc).
Christian rock/pop (or what I understand under this name) is really, really minority genre here.

About American Rock/Pop/Country Christmas song - I recall only Jingle Bell rock (because it's used in Die Hard movie :) and Jingle bell, but maybe only I don't remember.
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Postby eso » 04-Dec-06 19:02

Addendum to commercials:

By law - on public tv are allowed commercials only between programmes, on commercial tv's are commercials allowed during programmes, but with much longer intervals then in USA (but commercials blocks are longer, then in USA)

(it applies allways, not only on Christmas)
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Postby laylah » 05-Dec-06 2:34

on the topic of Christmas carols - does anyone know where I will find the words to the Czech version of the carol "Silent night, Holy night"?

I heard it among a set of carols on radio Prague archives, so I know it's out there somewhere........
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Postby eso » 05-Dec-06 8:31

laylah wrote:Czech version of the carol "Silent night, Holy night"?


There is more translations:

http://www.btm.cz/clanek.asp?id=16

http://www.radiokarolina.cz/atop_int.ph ... t=on&cmp3=

http://www.vira.cz/knihovna/index3.php?sel_kap=216
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Postby wer » 05-Dec-06 12:10

laylah wrote:on the topic of Christmas carols - does anyone know where I will find the words to the Czech version of the carol "Silent night, Holy night"?

Czech Internet is full of this stuff. Just try to google "tichá noc".

As eso wrote, there are different translations. I prefer the translations with Tichá noc, přesvatá noc, since the version with Tichá noc, svatá noc doesn't fit the melody.

Some audio samples:
http://www.vira.cz/zvuky/vanoce/tichanoc.ram
http://www.zlatuska.com/include/pages/a ... chanoc.mp3

Slovak version (mp3, pdf)


I heard it among a set of carols on radio Prague archives, so I know it's out there somewhere........

Do you think this archiv of carrols, a part of this Czech Christmas page?
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Postby laylah » 05-Dec-06 23:51

Thanks to both for the info and comment on scanning - I llike it when the words fit the tune, too.

It probably was this websites Christmas pages I heard the carols on - but I only noted the name of the choir, hence my error in thinking I got it from radio Prague archives :roll:
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Postby gypzy » 07-Dec-06 10:31

eso wrote:About Christmas CDs - popular singers record Christmas CDs, but it only means, that they are meant as Christmas presents and they aren't directly connected to Christianity (even if they include versions of Christmas carols etc).
Christian rock/pop (or what I understand under this name) is really, really minority genre here.


So, would the pop singers christmas cds be about things like cold weather, spending time w/ friends and family, cuddling w/ spouse or person one is dating or making it home for the holidays from far away and stuff like that?
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Postby gypzy » 07-Dec-06 10:36

Is there a Czech version of "Oh Holy Night"? In English it starts out "Oh Holy Night the stars are brightly shining, it is the night of our dear Saviors birth....". That is my all time fave. Brian Setzer, formerly of the Stray Cats, has the best version.
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Postby wer » 07-Dec-06 13:22

laylah wrote:It probably was this websites Christmas pages I heard the carols on - but I only noted the name of the choir, hence my error in thinking I got it from radio Prague archives :roll:

I never said it is not Radio Prague archive. It is. See also this extended list.

Another list of free carols is here.
gypzy wrote:Is there a Czech version of "Oh Holy Night"? In English it starts out "Oh Holy Night the stars are brightly shining, it is the night of our dear Saviors birth....". That is my all time fave. Brian Setzer, formerly of the Stray Cats, has the best version.

No, gypzy, there is no Czech version.

With all respect to American culture, I'm opposed to americanization of Czech Christmas. And I think I'm not the only person with this attitude.

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