O Holy Night

By: Adolphe Adam
For: String quartet
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Composer
Adolphe Adam
Year of composition
1851
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
3 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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Adam, as a composer of both ballet and vocal music, knew how to showcase the artistry of his performers ? dancers or singers. While his greatest showpiece for the voice is perhaps the Postillon aria from Le Postillon de Lonjumeau, the Cantique de No?l is by far his best known, familiar to both classical and popular audiences. When it was first published, many religious leaders felt that the Cantique was too theatrical, making a showpiece out of a text that demanded a more contemplative treatment. Audiences, however, disagreed, and the song is still popular both in the original French version, "Minuit, Chr?tiens," and the English-language version, "O Holy Night." The rising vocal line builds slowly, further intensifying at the exclamatory "Peuple, ? genoux," and then climaxing on a high B flat at the triumphant "No?l!"

This arrangement features a supplemental third violin part with an optional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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O mio babbino caro, from "Gianni Schicchi", O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", Ode To Joy, Once in Royal David's City, Piano Sonata in A "Alla Turca" - 3. Rondo, Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Policy King, Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven, Preludes, Book 1 No.8 - The Girl With The Flaxen Hair, Radetzky March, Op.228, Roses From The South, Semper Fidelis, Senza Mamma, from "Suor Angelica", Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Silent Night, Sleepy Sidney, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 1. Andante grazioso (Theme and variations), Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 3. Rondo "alla Turca", Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, St. Paul's Suite - 1. Jig, St. Paul's Suite - 2. Ostinato, St. Paul's Suite - 3. Intermezzo, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), Morning Has Broken, String Serenade - 2. Waltz, String Sonata No.1 - 1. Moderato, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, String Sonata No.1 - 3. Allegro, Habanera from "Carmen", Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.11 Furchtenmachen (Frightening), Suite Bergamasque - No.3 Clair de Lune, Of The Father's Love Begotten, Birthday Minuet, Tales From The Vienna Woods, Gradual, Thaxted (I vow to thee, my country), Espana - 2. Tango, Habanera from "Carmen", The Amazon Rag, The Barber of Seville - Overture, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Blue Danube Waltzes, Thais - Meditation, The Cannon Ball Rag, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, Gymnopedie No.1, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, The Coventry Carol, La Cinquantaine, The Entertainer, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, The First Noel, The Gladiator March, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", In Dulci Jubilo, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", The High School Cadets, The Holly And The Ivy, The Liberty Bell March, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), The Manhattan Beach March, The Ragtime Dance, The Stars And Stripes Forever, The Washington Post March, Trio No.1, Trio No.2, Trio No.3, Trio No.4, Trombone Johnsen, Trumpet Tune, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Unto Us A Child Is Born, Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", We Three Kings, While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks, Who Let The Cows Out?, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), Deck The Halls, Wine, Women and Song, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (2), O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), O come, O come, Emmanuel, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), O Christmas Tree, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Maple Leaf Rag, Lullay My Liking, Lullaby, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep, Le Coucou, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", La Primavera ("Spring") - 3. Allegro: Danza pastorale, La Primavera ("Spring") - 2. Largo, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, La Marseillaise, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 2. Adagio molto, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, King Cotton, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13 Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks), Key-Stone Rag, Joy To The World, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), It Came Upon The Midnight Clear, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, I Saw Three Ships, I Got The Blues, Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Holberg Suite - 3. Gavotte and Musette, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Holberg Suite - 1. Prelude, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Hands Across The Sea, Good King Wenceslas, God Save The Queen, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, Emperor Waltz, El Capitan, Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 2. Largo ma non tanto, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 1. Vivace, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 2, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Christians, Awake!, Che gelida manina, from "La boheme", Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2, Chanson de Matin, Capriol Suite, Canon in D, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, Brook Green Suite - 1. 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