French composer and conductor, Henri Tomasi (1901-1971) published Twelve Noels by Saboly for Voices and accompaniment in 1962. As with his other compositions, Twelves Noels by Saboly was well-received by audiences.
Tomasi was born in Marseille, but his Father and Mother were originally from La Casinca in Corsica. Despite being pressured in to musical studies by his parents, Tomasi dreamed of becoming a sailor, and during the summer, he stayed with his Grandmother in Corsica where he learnt traditional Corsican songs. However, in 1921, he began his studies at the Paris Conservatoire and went on to become a high profile composer and conductor. Tomasi did not forget his Corsican routes, often incorporating themes of the songs he had learnt during the summers with his Grandmother in to his compositions. The Twelve Noels by Saboly are based on the Pastorale poems by French poet, Nicolas Saboly.This Tomasi collection is suitable to female vocalists, providing an exciting, alternative addition to the repertoire.