French composer, organist and opera director Marcel Samuel Rousseau (1882-1955) studied at the Paris Conservatoire and won the Prix de Rome in 1905. He is best remembered for his operas, however his other compositions have not gone amiss, Variations Pastorales Sur Un Vieux Noël being no exception.
Rosseau was highly influenced by Gabriel Fauré and he was an expert in chromatic harmony, often seeking to evoke a strong sense of the dramatic in his works. These features are prominent in Variations Pastorales Sur Un Vieux Noël, which beings with a calm theme before developing into eight contrasting variations and a conclusion. For all intermediate to advanced harpists, Rousseau's Variations Pastorales Sur Un Vieux Noël is an essential alternative addition to the repertoire.