Die Freude der Hirten uber die Geburt Jesu (Christmas oratorio). By Gottfried August Homilius. Edited by Uwe Wolf. For SATB soli, SATB choir, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 horns, 3 trumpets, timpani, 2 violins, viola, cello/contrabass. This edition: Paperbound. German title: Die Freude der Hirten GA 5. Oratorios; Christmas. Full score. Language: German. HoWV I.4. 104 pages. Duration 45 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3710500).
With Language: German. Oratorios; Christmas.
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.