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SATB vocal soli, SATB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 violins, viola, cello/contrabass
Christmas oratorio. Composed by Gottfried August Homilius. Edited by Uwe Wolf. This edition: Paperbound, Complete edition. Complete editions. German title: Die Freude der Hirten GA 5. Oratorios, Christmas. Full score. With Language: German. HoWV I.4. Duration 45 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3710500).
Item Number: CA.3710500
ISBN M-007-09158-3. Text: Ernst August Buschmann.
After the Passions-Cantate "Ein Lammlein geht und tragt die Schuld" of 1775, the Christmas Oratorio is the second major vocal work by Homilius to appear in print during his lifetime. With an unusually large instrumental contingent, Homilius set the, at that time, much beloved pastoral theme of the shepherds in a most sophisticated manner. Each movement presents a clearly differentiated, atmospheric scene, distinct from all the other movements. This applies to the varied pastoral music, as well as to the representation of the mighty God by an angel, whose entrance is accompanied by trumpets and timpani.