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The Star of Bethlehem

Christmas cantata

By Josef Gabriel Rheinberger

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Orchestra SBar vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, english horn, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, timpani, 2 violins, viola, cello, contrabass, organ, harp - Level 3
Christmas cantata. Composed by Josef Gabriel Rheinberger. Edited by Harald Wanger. This edition: Paperbound. German title: Der Stern von Bethlehem. Innovative practice aids, Sacred vocal music, Christmas. Vocal score. Composed 1890. Op. 164. Duration 48 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 50.164/03. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.5016403).

Item Number: CA.5016403

ISBN 9790007080228. Language: German/English. Text: von Hoffnaass, Franziska (Fanny). Text: Franziska (Fanny) von Hoffnaass.

He who seeks a moving and lyrical work with rewarding roles for the choir could do no better than to choose Rheinberger's Stern von Bethlehem. In nine scenes (Expectation, The shepherds, The appearance of the angels, The Star, etc.) the Christmas story is lyrically portrayed. Songlike and pastoral choruses, a heartfelt soprano part and finally, the exotic, charming procession of the Wisemen through the desert have insured this work an increasing popularity. It was written in 1890 to a libretto by Rheinberger's wife Fanny. On account of their similar scoring, this work can be easily combined for a performance with Mendelssohn's Vom Himmel hoch or Die Geburt Christi. Score available separately - see item CA.5016400.

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