Saint-Saëns, Camille
Oratorio de Noël op. 12 "Christmas Oratorio"
Edition no.
BA 7514
ISMN
9790006521661
Volume / Series
Choir & Organ
Arranger
Köhs, Andreas
Language(s) of text
German, English
Product format
Organ reduction
Instrumentation
Voice, Mixed choir, Organ
Binding
Stapled
Pages / Format
81 S. - 27,0 x 19,0 cm
Owing to its Latin text, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio has found admirers all over the world. Saint-Saëns 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 élan 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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