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Dialogus von der Geburt Christi

Christmas oratorio in three parts

By Reinhard Keiser

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SATB vocal soli, SSAATTBB choir, 3 contrabassoons, timpani, 3 oboes, 3 bassoon, 2 violin, viola, basso continuo
Christmas oratorio in three parts. Composed by Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739). Edited by Christine Blanken. German title: Weihnachtsoratorium. Oratorios, Christmas. Complete orchestral parts. Duration 40 minutes. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.1038619).

Item Number: CA.1038619

ISBN M-007-13870-7. Language: German.

Reinhard Keiser, highly regarded by his contemporaries as a composer (primarily of operas), also wrote a considerable number of sacred works, such as cantatas, masses, passions, and oratorios. Among these works, most of which are lost, this Dialogus von der Geburt Christi, published here for the first time, occupies a special place as Keiser's only surviving Christmas oratorio. It is a an alternative to the current Christmas repertoire. Opulently scored, well-known Christmas chorales are presented, while in other movements the intimacy of the scene at the crib is evoked. The colorful and finely nuanced instrumentation is contrasted with freely flowing, easily singable choral movements.

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