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Camille Saint-Saëns: Christmas Oratorio: Mixed Choir And Accomp.

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COMPOSER: Camille Saint-Saëns
PUBLISHER: G. Schirmer
PRODUCT FORMAT: Vocal Score
Saint-Saëns's Christmas Oratorio (or Oratorio de Noël ) was written in 1858 when he was just 23. This piece was originally scored for five Vocal Soloists, Chorus, Harp, String Quartet and Organ; this, the vocal score, contains a piano reduction. The Christmas Oratorio opens with a Prelude subtitled
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Composer Camille Saint-Saëns
Publisher G. Schirmer
Instrumentation Vocal
Product Format Vocal Score
Description Product Type Vocal Score
Genre Oratorium
Theme Christmas
Year of Publication 1986
Style Period Romantic
ISBN 9780793555093
UPC 073999212310
No. HL50323960
Number of pages 72
Series Choral Large Works
Description

Saint-Saëns's Christmas Oratorio (or Oratorio de Noël) was written in 1858 when he was just 23. This piece was originally scored for five Vocal Soloists, Chorus, Harp, String Quartet and Organ; this, the vocal score, contains a piano reduction.
The Christmas Oratorio opens with a Prelude subtitled 'In the style of Sebastian Bach' harkening back to Bach's Christmas Oratorio. This opening prelude sets the scene for the Christmas story: its lilting pastoral quality creates images of the shepherds tending their flocks in the fields. In the remaining movements, the vocal soloists take turns representing different characters such as the narrator ofthe story or as the angel who announces the birth of the baby Jesus while the chorus represents a multitude of angels singing to the glory of the Lord. The final movement of the piece, which follows the model of old French Christmas songs, is a virtual hymn of praise of all creation in the presence of God.
The English version of the text is by N.H. Dole.

Song List
  • 1. Glory Be Unto God (Saint-Saens)
  • 2. In My Heart I Believe (Saint-Saens)
  • 3. Benedictus (Saint-Saens)
  • 4. Wherefore Do The Heathen (Saint-Saens)
  • 5. My Soul Doth Magnify (Saint-Saens)
  • 6. Alleluia, Alleluia (Saint-Saens)
  • 7. Arise Now, Daughter (Saint-Saens)
  • 8. Praise Ye The Lord (Saint-Saens)
  • 9. Patiently Have I Waited For Lord
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