Praise Ye the Lord of Hosts (Tollite Hostias)

Camille Saint Saens
Easy (Grades 1-3)
2 minutes
Classical music
Instrumental parts
Not available

The concluding chorus of Camille Saint-Saens "Christmas Oratorio" provides a majestic ending to that work, but also works as a stand-alone Christmastide anthem. The composer provides minimal suggestions regarding dynamics and tempo even though the piece cries out for a quickening of pace during the contrapuntal section in the middle before expanding to a thunderous maestoso at the end. This arrangements provides those interpretive suggestions and moves the key down a whole step from the original key of G, a blessing when you have a small Christmas Eve soprano section!

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