Saint-Saëns was just 23 years old when he composed his “Oratorio de Noël” in 1858. Edited by Christina M. Stahl, this choral masterpiece is now available in a comprehensive Urtext edition
In the Foreword (Ger/Eng/Fr), the editor explains the background to the premiere, explains the expansion of the work from six to ten movements as well as the composer’s multiple revisions. The Critical Commentary (Eng) meticulously records these revisions.
For the first time, valuable tips are provided for the Gallican pronunciation of the Latin text, customary in France until 1903.