Chorale Variations 'Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her'(1956)
for chorus and orchestra
Boosey & Hawkes
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Envisioned as a companion piece to the Canticum Sacrum – the instrumental forces, excluding violins and cellos, are nearly identical – this set of five variations orchestrates music published for organ in 1748. The chorus sings the unharmonized chorale melody; the elaborately canonic instrumental lines – including some by Stravinsky – dance over and below.
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