Christmas Music from Bach by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750). Arranged by Frank Erickson. Concert Band. Concert Band; Masterworks. Frank Erickson Publications. Baroque; Christmas; Masterwork Arrangement; Winter. Grade 3. Conductor Score & Parts. 256 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.29911).
The Christmas Oratorio was produced as a whole in 1734, but was certainly written by 1733 to celebrate the Festival of Christmas. It is the jubilation that streams from the open heart at the moment when neighborly love is most rife among Christian men. The majestic flourish of drums and trumpets is eminently grand in its effect. The idea of joy is here to be expressed, and its expression is in the most sonorous and brilliant tones.