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Oratorio de Noel, Op. 12

Bearbeitung fur Soli, Chor und Orgel

By Camille Saint-Saens

Soli, Mixed choir, organ - Level 3
Bearbeitung fur Soli, Chor und Orgel. Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Arranged by Andreas Kohs. Stapled. Choir & Organ. Organ reduction. Opus 12. 81 pages. Duration 30 minutes. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA07514. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA07514).

Item Number: BA.BA07514

ISBN 9790006521661. 27 x 19 cm inches. Text Language: French.

Owing to its Latin text, Saint-Saens' Christmas Oratorio has found admirers all over the world. Saint-Saens avoids theatrical effects in his church music and relies almost entirely on homophonic choral writing. Here the operatic allusions so popular in his day have given way to a mixture of romantic elan and reminiscences of the Baroque. The subtitle reads"dans le style de J. S. Bach"although the composer was unaware of Bach's Christmas Oratorio.

In this unusual form the oratorio, of which the final movement is already a hit with many choruses, is well-suited for performance during the Advent and Christmas seasons, providing a welcome change from Bach.

- A"discovery"for Christmas and Advent concerts
- Relatively simple choral writing
- Sensitive organ arrangement

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  • February 05, 2018 Saint-Saens is making a comeback

    This little, orchestral score for 4 voices and soloist is a fun, neat Noel for the Christmas season just passed. The music is typical French music of the “Belle Epoque” and Saint-Saens does the original Latin text justice with his very creative, “modern” score. I recommend this book for...

    any choir director, organist, or music director looking for something a little different to play at Advent/Christmas-time other than the very good, but typical “Messiah” fare.

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