Christmas Traditional

Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day (English)

    Description by Robert Cummings

    This traditional song first appeared in 1833 in the William Sandys collection Christmas Carols Ancient and Modern. Judging from the language of its text, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day likely predates that publication by a century or more. Whatever its precise age, it received a fair amount of attention throughout the twentieth century. Composers John Rutter and John L. Gardner did settings of the text, and the anonymous original maintained a strong level of popularity, especially in England.

    The song is usually sung by choral groups in the concert hall and on recordings. Several arrangements of it for larger ensembles have been made, including an attractive one by David Willcocks. The main theme is lively and joyous, having a catchy quality in the way it rises with a surge of delight, then descends happily, only to rise and fall again with an irresistible chipper sense in succeeding thematic phrases. The music exudes innocence and wonder in its glee, imparting a spirited Christmas-like mood. In the text, Christ recounts his birth, passion, death, and resurrection. This is a beautiful and quite colorful Christmas carol, offering appeal for a wide audience of vocal music lovers.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2014 ABC Classics ABC 4811317
    2014 Dynamic / Dynamic Nostalgia 4930
    2014 Warner Classics 2564628790
    2014 Sony Classical 88875037702
    2014 Naxos 8573421
    2013 Collegium Records CSCD 306
    2012 Regent REGCD 374
    2012 CCT / EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099970516
    2011 The Priory / Priory Records PRCD 1053
    2011 Chandos CHSA 5096
    2011 Chanticleer Records / Ingrooves CHNT 2246
    2011 Chanticleer Records CR 88032004
    2011 Sonoma / Sonoma Entertainment SBX 20306
    2011 Valparaiso University VMCD 1025
    2011 X5 Music Group X 5CD103
    2010 Seraphic Fire Media 07
    2010 Regent 317
    2009 BIS 1833
    2009 Griffin 4066
    2009 Regent 281
    2009 Carus 83441
    2009 Signum UK 182
    2008 Collegium Records 133
    2008 The Gift of Music CCL CDG1205
    2008 Immergent 81153
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5150862
    2007 EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 5099951037
    2007 Music Club International Records / Music Club Records MCCDX 042
    2007 Pro Organo 7212
    2007 Oak Leaf Records CD 2118
    2006 Oak Leaf Records 2118
    2005 Angel Records / HMV CDCAROL 1
    2005 EMI Music Distribution 53391
    2005 Gothic Records 49230
    2004 EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics 7243586121
    2004 Naxos 8557581
    2004 Compendia / Intersound 5780
    2003 EMI Classics 566 2455
    2002 Avalon Records 24407
    2002 Priory Records 4000
    2002 Priory Records 771
    2002 Centaur Records 2831
    2002 Madacy 8251
    2001 Music Club Records 10
    2000 Fine Tune 3321
    2000 Naxos / Naxos Family Classics 8555292
    2000 Koch International Classics 37507-2
    2000 Celestial Harmonies 14197
    2000 Collegium Records COL303
    1999 Naxos 5547
    1999 Deutsche Grammophon / DG Deutsche Grammophon 459685
    1999 Gia 432
    1999 Priory Records 580
    1999 Classics for Pleasure CDCFP 5007
    1998 EMI Classics / Angel Records / EMI Music Distribution CMS 5662452
    1998 RCA / RCA Victor 63252
    1998 CBC SM 5000 Series / CBC Records SMCD 5192
    1998 Naxos 8554179
    1996 Direct-To-Tape / DTR/Direct-To-Tape 9407
    1995 Conifer Classics / Conifer 75605517542
    1995 Albany Music Distribution 177
    1995 Aca Digital 20035
    1994 Philips / Philips / PolyGram 442141
    1994 Symposium 1157
    1994 Telarc Distribution 80377
    1994 ASV / ASV/Living Era CDWHL 2073
    1993 Sugo 9106
    1992 Chanticleer Records 8803
    1991 EMI Music Distribution 4586
    1991 Collins Classics / Collins Records 1335
    1990 BMG / RCA 6429
    1987 Collegium Records COLCD-106
    GHF Music
    Marks & Spencer 2203
    RCA 1217
    Special Music Company 8006
    Stanford University 101
    Naxos 241200
    EMI Music Distribution 69069