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Christmas Oratorio Op. 12


By Camille Saint-Saens

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1858. Composed by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921). Edited by Edward Blakeman. Orchestral Parts. Choral, Orchestral. Harp Part. Composed December 4-15, 1858; First Performance: Christmas Day, 1858. Duration 00:40:00. Edition Peters #EP11052-HP. Published by Edition Peters (PE.EP11052-HP).

Item Number: PE.EP11052-HP

ISBN 9790014109240.

This work was first published ca.1863 by G. Flaxland, and then some years later by Durand. At that point Saint-Saens took the opportunity to make various revisions and additions, including some further rewriting of the recitatives to improve the word setting. Despite his efforts, however, the edition had various mistakes and omissions. The present edition attempts to correct these, and by close comparison with the various manuscript sources to present the work for the first time in a form as close as possible to Saint-Saens' intentions. Where there are still ambiguities, square brackets have been used to indicate alternative or uncertain readings -- in particular for the inclusion of extra details that somehow appeared in the printed edition after the preparation and correction of Saint-Saens' final manuscript (the sources used are housed in the Music Divison of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France in Paris)

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