When I got home last night, I did some work on my Christmas Carols – composed 3 verses (very simple verses) of I Sing of a Maiden, and did some research into the text of Sir Christëmas – a fascinating little 15th century carol with some French lines. According to some sources, it’s the earliest source for an actual personification called “Christmas”. What I didn’t know is that the original tune itself is actually extant, so I must find a way to weave that in. The Wikipedia page erroneously says that Mathias’ famous setting is an arrangement, but about 8 seconds of looking at both versions proves that not to be true.
Re: the PhD. Fugue + Gigue = FGIGUUEE?