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Oratorio de Nöel - Saint-Saëns


This is an arrangement of Part 9, the final section, of Saint-Saens’ Christmas Oratorio (1858). There are two linked movements:

Title Page pdf logo (click through to Cui - The statue at Tsarskoye Selo) click here to download

(a) Consurge, Filia Sion pdf logo (click through to Cui - The statue at Tsarskoye Selo) click here to download
Originally scored for Quintet (ssatb) and Chorus (SATB)
Rescored for Trio (ssa) and Chorus (SA)

(b) Tollite hostias pdf logo (click through to Cui - The statue at Tsarskoye Selo) click here to download
Originally for Chorus (SATB)
Rescored for Chorus (SSA)

The Christmas Oratorio by Camille Saint–Saëns (1835–1921) was written in 1858, and was originally scored for soloists, chorus, harp, organ and string quartet. The work is cast in nine sections, in a predominantly pastoral mode.

Text and Translations:
Consurge, Filia Sion.
Lauda in nocte,
in principio Vigiliarum.
Egrediatur ut splendor justus Sion,
et Salvator ejus ut lampas accendatur.

Tollite hostias, et adorate Dominum in atrio sancto ejus.
Lætentur cœli, et exultet terra, a facie Domini, quoniam venit,
Alleluia.

Arise, O daughter of Sion.
Give praise in the night,
in the beginning of the watches.
Let the righteous man go forth from Sion as brightness,
and let her Saviour go up as a light.

Lift up the offerings, and worship the Lord in this holy courtyard.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, at the face of the Lord, for he cometh.
Alleluia.

Translation by Philip Riley

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