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O Holy Night for Trumpet & Piano

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By Adam

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Trumpet in Bb & Piano - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Adam. Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Romantic Period, Christian, Repertoire, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 10 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.427815).

Item Number: S0.427815

Duration: 4:56. Score 5 pg. 44 ms. Solo part: 2 pg. Piano part: 3 pg.

Cantique de Noël

TheFrench composer Adolphe Adam was already famous as a composer of manysuccessful ballets and operas. Then, in the 1840’s he wrote his most famouswork - O Holy Night. The original song title was Minuit Chretiens or Cantiquede Noël.  Placide Cappeau providedthe original song lyrics. The song was first performed in Roquemaure by theopera singer Emily Laurey at midnight mass in 1847. It became very popularamong the French, much the way that Silent Night was famous elsewhere. In the1850’s John S. Dwight, a Unitarian minister and music teacher translated thesong into English.  

Adolphe Adam

Inhis younger years, Adam studied organ and composition at the ParisConservatoire. He also played the timpani in the Conservatoire orchestra. Adam usedhis savings and borrowed money to open a new opera house - the fourth operahouse in Paris in 1847. Unfortunately, the Revolution of 1848 forced him to close.He taught composition at the Paris Conservatoire from 1849 until his death in 1856.

Placide Cappeau

Thepoet Cappeau was an advocate of the French Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire.  Voltaire was renowned for criticizing the Catholicchurch, religious intolerance, and dogma in general. Consequently, Cappeau madethe Redeemer figure in his song a kind of reformer of injustices, in particular,the problem of original sin. To begin with, people recognized Cappeau’stheology as eccentric, probably even doubtful.


Inthe earlier form of Minuit, the Christfigure descends to intervene with His Father’s plan to punish mankind.  Traditional doctrine pronounces that Christcame from love, not to intervene. This version also declares that Christ appearedto expunge the original sin of Adam. Cappeau removed this part from his poem yearslater, because he just didn’t believe it.  He preferred to portray Christ as the reformerof disparity and unfairness. Before long, the writer/politician Alphonse deLamartine referred to the Minuit as the “the Marseillaise ofreligion.” Most French churchmen agreed with this idea but certainly did notconsider it a tribute.  

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