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To God on high alone be praised (Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr)

Christmas cantata

By Georg Philipp Telemann

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Solo bass voice (baritone voice), SATB choir, 2 violins, viola, basso continuo, [trumpet] - Level 3
Christmas cantata. Composed by Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767). Edited by Klaus Hofmann. Arranged by Klaus Hofmann. This edition: urtext. Stuttgart Urtext Edition: Telemann-Archiv. German title: Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr. Sacred vocal music, Cantatas, Christmas. Choral Score. TVWV 1:58. Duration 18 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 39.119/05. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.3911905).

Item Number: CA.3911905

ISBN 9790007055554. Key: B flat major. Language: German/English.

In his Christmas cantata Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Ehr (To God, on high alone be praise), Telemann celebrates the birth of Jesus as a symbol of the reconciliation with God and as a message of salvation for a sinful humanity. The cantata makes provision for a competent baritone soloist who sings two challenging arias, as well as a four-part choir which provides the framework for the composition with two unadorned chorale verses and, as a climax, intones the Christmas paean from Luke 2:14 "Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe" (Praise to God in his high heaven). In the first aria, the muted sounds of the optional high trumpet accompany the words "O Freudengetone, wie lieblich, wie schone" (O music of blessing! How lovely, how pleasing), evoking a gentle Christmas luster. Score available separately - see item CA.3911900.

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