Hugo Distler "The Christmas Story"
Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:34 PM
I hadn't been aware of this wonderful work due to the scarcity of performances. It was one of the many of Distler's works that were banned by the NAZI's as "decadent".
Posted 18 December 2012 - 02:39 PM
Posted 20 December 2012 - 08:38 AM
Thank you for telling us about the performance, YouOverThere. It's nice that you have even one professional a cappella chorus! How long was it, BTW?
I'd guess that it was about 40 minutes long. It and an audience sing-along of Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming comprised the post-intermission part of the performance. The first half of the concert consisted of rose-themed songs, most of which compared either Jesus or Mary to a rose.
Posted 20 December 2012 - 12:16 PM
The tune was used by Johannes Brahms as the base for a chorale prelude for organ, later transcribed for orchestra by Erich Leinsdorf, and by Hugo Distler as the base for his 1933 oratorio Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story). Jan Sandström wrote in 1990 Es ist ein Ros entsprungen for two choirs a cappella, which incorporates the setting of Praetorius in choir 1.
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