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O Holy Night - Soprano, Orchestra

By Adolphe-Charles Adam

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Soprano Voice, Chamber Orchestra, High Voice, 4 Violins, 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Adolphe-Charles Adam (1803-1856). Arranged by Phil Beaman. Romantic Period, Christian, Sacred, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 41 pages. Published by Phil Beaman (S0.293799).

Item Number: S0.293799

A setting of O Holy Night, the beloved 1847 Christmas classic. This arrangement was commissioned for a particular group which explains the slightly unusual instrumentation of 4 Violins, 1 Flute, 1 Clarinet, 1 Trumpet, and 1 Trombone. Also by request, it is in the Key of Eb for High Voice.
The voice part is unchanged from the traditional versions and by common custom just uses verses 1 and 3. The instrument parts are closely based on the original accompaniment but creatively express the arc of the text. It can go from violin duet to full ensemble and everything in between depending on the mood of the current lyric. Tremelos and trills are added when drama and tension are needed, sweeping runs for climaxes, spiccato technique for "he shall break the chains", and so forth. As is my trademark, there is rhythmic interplay between instruments and subtle polyrhythms.
Written as an accessible piece for an Intermediate group. A perfect addition to any Christmas program because O Holy Night is a 'must have' tradition and this dramatic and expressive version will please any crowd.
(21 page conductor score; parts, 1-3 pages each)

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