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Pastorales de Noel - FL/BSN/HARP

Composer: Jolivet, Andre

Publisher: Leduc (France)

Edition: 63102


Pastorales de Noel (1943)
for flute, bassoon, and harp
by André Jolivet (1905-1974) - French composer
I. L'Etoile (4:00) The Star of Bethlehem
II. Les Mages (4:00) The Three Wise Men
III. La Vierge et L'Enfant (2:30) The Virgin and Child
IV. Entree et Danse des Bergers (2:20) Entrance and Dance of the Shepherds

Pastorales de Noel is a gentle and restrained work which demonstrates the quality of Jolivet's work, but also reflects that period of WWII when France was under occupation. Each movement depicts a different part of the Christmas story, starting with the first, l'Etoile. The flute and bassoon begin in duet, followed by the entrance of the harp to bring the movement to a close. The second is quieter, expressing the Magi's journey through the desert. The Virgin and the Child is like a lullaby and the piece finishes on a joyful dance to express happiness and devotion.

The harp part doubles as the score.