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1. This traditional carol has been a fascination of Sting's for quite some time, for not only does his and Robert Sadin's arrangement of it appear on his ninth studio album "If on a Winter's Night . . . ", but a different arrangement was recorded by Sting much earlier on 1987's "A Very Special Christmas" album, released to raise money for the Special Olympics.
What song, appearing on Sting's 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . .", is about an angel's Annunciation of Christ to the Virgin Mary and begins, "The angel Gabriel from Heaven came, / His wings as drifted snow, his eyes as flame"?
2. Originally, this song was one for All Saints' Day and is sung from the perspective of children begging for small round pastries as children now trick-or-treat for candy on Halloween. However, by 1893, the song seemed to have shifted to one associated with Christmas and already possessed a few words and phrases similar to those found in the Christmas songs "Here We Come A-Wassailing" and "Christmas Is Coming".
What song from Sting's 2009 "If on a Winter's Night . . . " album is a request for a small spice cake with raisins or currants and a cross marked on top?
3. One of the many musicians appearing on Sting's 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . ." is Scotland's Mary Macmaster, a founding member of the revolutionary band The Poozies, who re-interpret traditional Scottish and Gaelic tunes.
She is celebrated for her masterful playing of the Celtic instrument called the clarsach. What kind of instrument is this?
4. Although a traditional song from his own North East England region and recorded by a few twentieth-century folk singers, Sting claims he had never heard of it until rehearsal sessions for his "If on a Winter's Night . . . " album.
Which song from Sting's 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night" discusses the paradoxical characteristics of both nature and women with such lines as "And the bee that flew when summer shone in winter cannot sting; / I've seen a woman's anger melt betwixt the night and morn"?
5. More of a ballad than a carol, this song is a narration of a moment experienced by Mary and Joseph, the earthly parents of Jesus. Joseph, unable to hold in his anger and confusion at the virginal Mary's being pregnant, bitterly rejects her request that he gather her some fruit to eat.
In what song from Sting's 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . ." would one hear Joseph snarl, "Oh, let the father of the baby gather cherries for you!"?
6. Within the booklet accompanying the "If on a Winter's Night . . ." album, Sting describes Julian Sutton as a quiet man, "who says very little, preferring instead to express his eloquence via" his instrument.
What instrument, very similar to an accordion, is Julian Sutton credited with playing on Sting's ninth studio album, "If on a Winter's Night . . ."?
7. The lyrics are a a Scottish hymn from a translation of a couple of verses of Martin Luther's "Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her"; the music, a lullaby composed by the early twentieth-century English composer Peter Warlock.
What is the song from Sting's 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . ." whose title comes from an older Scottish term for "cradle-song"?
8. Only two of the songs from the "If on a Winter's Night . . ." album are originally Sting's compositions. One is "The Hounds of Winter", which was originally released on Sting's fifth studio album "Mercury Falling" from 1996. The other song is a lullaby.
What is the title of this song that is from the 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . ." by Sting and that attempts to comfort a child who seems quite disturbed by the earth's night?
9. Playing the cello on at least six of the songs from the "If on a Winter's Night . . ." album is a talented French musician who has collaborated with not only Sting but with Elvis Costello and Blackalicious.
Contributing significantly to Sting's 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . .", who is this French cellist and bassist who is also a member of the band Bumcello? (If van Gogh married martial artist Steven?)
10. From Franz Schubert's song cycle "Winterreise", Sting borrows the song "Der Leiermann" for his 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . .". The lyrics to this song are a poem written by the German lyric poet Wilhelm Muller. The song serves as Schubert's final piece in the cycle, and both its melody and words are meant to evoke a mood of utter despair and desolation.
Sting uses the English translation of "Der Leiermann" as the title of the song on his album "If on a Winter's Night . . . ". What is this translation, one that refers to an instrument somewhat like a violin that does not rely on a bow but rather a crank to turn a wheel against the strings? (Think "Donovan").
11. One of the songs from Sting's 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night . . ." is a poem entitled "Christmas at Sea", which has been set to music composed by Sting himself and includes a cyclical vocal arrangement contributed and performed by the harpist credited on the album. The words of the poem are spoken by a sailor who is laboriously struggling, along with his crew, to survive an icy winter storm.
What is the name of this Scottish writer, who not only composed the poem "Christmas at Sea" but authored many books, such as "A Child's Garden of Verses", "Treasure Island", and "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde"?
12. Sting surrenders his instrument of choice to another individual, Ira Coleman, who is credited with playing it throughout the album "If on a Winter's Night . . . ".
What upright version of this instrument does Ira Coleman play on Sting's "If on a Winter's Night . . . " album, released in 2009?
13. The lyrics to the song "You Only Cross My Mind in Winter" were written by Sting. However, the song itself was written by a much older composer, one from three centuries ago.
Which German composer of the Baroque period wrote the Cello Suites, the sixth one being the one Sting uses for "You Only Cross My Mind in Winter" found on his 2009 album "If on a Winter's Night"? (He also composed the Brandenburg Concertos).
14. "Cold Song", performed on Sting's "If on a Winter's Night . . ." album, is part of Henry Purcell's semi-opera "King Arthur, or the British Worthy". While Purcell wrote the music for the five-act performance, one of England's greatest poets wrote the words as the opera's librettist. In the "Cold Song", the Spirit of Winter is summoned from below and is angry at having been disturbed. He beseeches his summoner, "Let me, let me, let me freeze again to death".
Who is this English poet, literary critic, playwright, and librettist who penned such masterworks as "Absalom and Achitophel", "Mac Flecknoe", and "The Hind and the Panther" and served as England's very first Poet Laureate, beginning in 1668? (An arid group of thieves?)
15. Lisa Fischer, Jasmine Thomas, the vocal ensemble Stile Antico, and the Webb Sisters are all given credit for providing background vocals during various songs from Sting's 2009 "If on a Winter's Night . . ." album. One of Sting's six children is also credited with background vocals on two of the songs from that album.
Which singer and bassist for the band Fiction Plane is also Sting's son? (Use some deductive reasoning here).
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