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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Musical Sites Deck Internet Halls With Holiday Joy




Need the words to "Frosty the Snowman" for a family sing-along? Can't find your favorite choral arrangement of "In the Bleak Midwinter" with the church ladies' get-together just a day away?


Lots of music - sacred and profane - can be found on the Internet.


Some of the music sites have text-only song lyrics, some have MIDI files that play a "computer" sounding rendition and others - requiring downloadable plug-ins such as Real Audio - play full versions of your favorite carols by your favorite performers.


A note on addresses: We accessed these sites through Netscape Navigator on an IBM computer running Windows 95, but other browsers might react differently. If you experience difficulty reaching a Christmas music site directly, try accessing the simplest form of the address, e.g. santaland.com. That will get you to the home page, then check the index for the music page.


Here's a sample of Web addresses with holiday music themes.


-www.santaland.com/songs.html. This is one of the best sites at which to get started. You can access complete sheet music of classics such as "Hark the Herald Angels Sing," "Holly Jolly Christmas" and "White Christmas" here. With no extra downloading you can hear how these - and dozens more songs - sound in rudimentary "digi" files.


-www.midifarm.com/midifarm/Merry- Christmas.html. This site has a fascinating and eclectic collection of jazzy arrangements of Christmas standards.


-www.rememberjosie.org/xmas. There is serious music here for the serious practitioner. If you forgot how the tune goes, follow a MIDI audio file as it plays along with the sheet music. The site has high-brow classics such as "The Coventry Carol" and a surprising number of German art songs for the season.


-www.night.net/christmas/songs12.html. This site has lyric displays for a modest sample of songs such as the ubiquitous "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." This is the only site we found with the Spanish "El Ni?o del Tombor."


-www.cyou.com/christmas/musicbox. Looking for something beyond the 18th-century carol? This site features more contemporary sounds to download and play later. You'll find "The Chipmunk Song" and a sampler of Peanuts Christmas cartoon music.


-www.elycia-webdesign.com/seasonal/ christmas. "Elycia's RealAudio Holidazzle" takes eclecticism one step further. (You must have a current version of RealAudio on your computer. If you don't have it, go to RealAudio.com for instructions on how to download the free version). The site is most intriguing for audio files such as Loreena McKinnett's "Good King Wenceslas" and Beausoleil's Cajun-spiced "Christmas Bayou."


-www.caryn.com/holiday-xmas-songs.


html. Caryn tops the charts for "unusual" holiday fare. She rejects the tried-and-true repertoire - vehemently rejects it - for off-the-wall offerings such as sing-along versions of "The Grinch Song" and "Welcome Christmas (The Whoville Song)."


-www.veeness.com/MerryChristmas/midi.html. From new traditions such as "Peanuts" to old chestnuts, the music here comes in pleasant but "digi"-sounding audio files.


-www.christmas.com. This site requires downloading a small "plug-in" from comet systems. The instructions are easy to follow, and total download time is less than a minute on many computers. Once the download is complete, click on "All new Christmas music area." The site boasts an extensive collection of MIDI files and lyrics and, in case you argue about such things, can settle disputes over composers and arrangers, too.