Christmas story - sheet music and nativity play performance material

Ever since the Reformation brought the reading of scripture and preaching to the forefront of the liturgy, the term ’Historia’ or ’history’ denoted a biblical narrative and was used synonymously with ’salvation history’. Thus at first the Passion and the events of Easter were in the foreground, but soon nativity plays became popular. Occasionally, other vivid acts such as the Ascension or the sending of the Holy Spirit were also set to music.

If the biblical text was initially reproduced unchanged, song verses or other texts were soon inserted, which made it difficult to distinguish it from the oratorio. Instruments were also included, and recorders and shawms lent the pastoral scenes a rustic colouring. Probably theatrical aspects also played a role: Schütz’ Christmas story has been performed under a canopy with Mary, Joseph and the manger.

In the 20th century the genre experienced a revival under the name of ’history’ or - incorrectly, actually - ’oratorio’, to which numerous modern works bear witness.

A Selection of german musical nativity plays:

Ariel Ramírez

Navidad Nuestra

Folk Drama of the Nativity based on the rhythms and traditions of Hispanic America
for soloists, chorus, percussion, guitar and harps

for: Soloists, mixed choir (SATB), instruments

Score

Item no.: 461785

10.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Christus op. 97

Oratorio fragment
Part I: The Birth of Christ; Part II: The Passion of Christ
Urtext Stuttgarter Mendelssohn-Ausgaben

for: Soloist (tenor), mixed choir (SATTBB), orchestra

Study score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 578511

18.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Debbie Campbell

The Mystic Nativity

This sparkling Christmas Musical brings Botticelli's magnificent painting to life once again
It will be enjoyed by children of all ages for many Christmases to come. Teacher's Book/CD

for: Soloists, children's choir, instruments

Songbook, Playback-CD

Item no.: 350962

28.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Rudolf Mauersberger

Christvesper der Kruzianer RMWV 7

nach Worten der Bibel und des Gesangbuches (Letztfassung 1963)
mit den Turmgesängen

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra, organ

Piano reduction

Item no.: 364438

26.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Ariel Ramírez

Navidad Nuestra

Nur in Verbindung mit Chorstimmen erhältlich

for: Mixed choir (SATB), piano, guitar, percussion

Score

Item no.: 673500

18.99 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Heinrich Schütz

Sei gegrüßet, Maria SWV 333 op. 9, 28

Ankündigung der Geburt Jesu. Evangeliendialog - mixolydisch. Aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte II (1639)
gleicher Notentext wie Ave Maria SWV 334, mit singbarer englischer Übersetzung

for: 2 soloists (SA), favorit choir (SSATB), 5 melodic instruments, organ

Score

Item no.: 231802

3.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Jens Uhlenhoff

Der verschlossene Stand

Ein Singspiel nach Lukas 2,1-20 für Kinder- und Jugendchor und Klavier (Flöte/Klarinette/Schlagzeug ad lib)
Partitur mit Aufführungshinweisen

for: Children's choir (1 voice), piano

Score

Item no.: 654931

12.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Rainer Möser - Wenn Engel singen

Dumm gelaufen

Rainer Möser

Wenn Engel singen

Weihnachtsmusical für Kinderchor und Ensemble (Grundschul-Musical)
Gesamtausgabe & CD

for: Children's choir, instruments

Score, CD

Item no.: 649863

33.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Christian Bur

In dieser Heiligen Nacht

Ein musikalisches Weihnachtsstück
Staffelpreis ab 10 Stück

for: Soloists, narrator, children's choir, keyboard

Score

Item no.: 656268

6.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Schütz: Weihnachts-Historie

Piano reduction

Item no.: 241834

19.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Uli Führeet al. - Am Himmel geht ein Fenster auf

Vor 2000 Jahren (demo)

Uli Führe, Jörg Ehni

Am Himmel geht ein Fenster auf

Musical zur Weihnachtsgeschichte

for: Soloists, children's choir (one voice), piano

Score, Playback-CD

Item no.: 377033

25.60 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Max Drischner

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

Edition Schultheiss

for: Solo voice, mixed choir (SATB), organ; strings ad lib.

Score

Item no.: 281497

8.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Michael Penkuhn-Wasserthal

Das kann doch wohl nicht sein

Krippenspiel

for: Soloists, children's choir, piano [band]

Piano score

Item no.: 406426

7.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Friedhilde Trüün, Claudia Schwanhäußer

Stück für Stück nach Bethlehem

Ein kommentiertes Singspielverzeichnis für die Weihnachtszeit
für Kindergarten, Grundschule und Kinderchor

Boek (softcover)

Item no.: 458296

20.00 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Gusenbauer Michael - Bachs Weihnachtsoratorium für Kinder

Kinder-Weihnachtsoratorium - Begrüßung

Gusenbauer Michael

Bachs Weihnachtsoratorium für Kinder

for: 3 soloists (ATB), mixed choir (SATB), narrator, orchestra

CD

Item no.: 472391

14.90 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Hugo Distler

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (Nativity Story) op. 10

Gothic print
– Price reduction possible for orders of larger quantities –

for: 4 soloists (SSTB), mixed choir (SATB)

Choir score

Item no.: 114770

13.95 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Vincent Lübeck (Vater)

Willkommen, süßer Bräutigam

Weihnachtskantate

for: 2 voices (SS) [female choir (SS)/mixed choir (SSB)], 2 violins, basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 279273

10.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Kapsberger Johannes Hieronymus / Kapsberger Giovanni Girolamo

I Pastori di Bettelemme/ Die Hirten von Bethlehem

Weihnachtsoratorium
In Dulci Jubilo – Musik zur Weihnachtszeit

for: Mixed choir (SSATTB) [6 voices], 2 violins, basso continuo; instruments colla parte ad lib.

Score

Item no.: 603998

21.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Rainer Bohm

O je, Bethlehem

Singspiel zu Weihnachten

for: Children's choir (1 voice), the parish, instruments

Score

Item no.: 423769

16.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

The Birth of Christ

Part 1 of the oratorio fragment "Christus" op. 97 MWV A 26
Urtext Stuttgarter Mendelssohn-Ausgaben

for: Soloist (tenor), mixed choir (SATTBB), orchestra

Item no.: 205754

8.20 €plus shipping
In stock. Delivery time: 1–2 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Weihnachts-Historie SWV 435

Neuinstrumentierung (2001)

for: Mixed choir (SATB), instruments

Score

Item no.: 607101

15.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Schütz: Weihnachts-Historie

for: GCH (SSATTB) 2 VL 2 VDG 2 BFL 2 TRP 2 POS BC

Score

Item no.: 336245

43.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Weihnachtsmusik: Susani, Hausbuch weihnachtlicher Musik (Hatzfeld)

Ein Hausbuch weihnachtlicher Musik

for: 1–3 voices, piano

Piano score

Item no.: 387185

19.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Reinhard Keiser

Dialogus von der Geburt Christi

Weihnachtsoratorium in drei Teilen

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SSAATTBB), orchestra

Piano reduction

Item no.: 490430

16.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Markus Hottiger

Das Flötenmädchen von Bethlehem

Bilderbuch gebunden

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 660412

12.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Rudolf Mauersberger

Der kleine Melchior und das Weihnachtskind

Eine Weihnachtslegende

for: Solo voice (soprano), mixed choir (SATB), piano

Score

Item no.: 663883

32.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Carl Orff, Gunild Keetman

The Christmas Story

für Sprecher, Soli, Kinderchor und kleines Orchester – Textblatt plattdeutsch
Für Kinder ab 8 Jahren geeignet.
Orff-Schulwerk

for: Soloists, narrator, children's choir, instruments

Lyric book

Item no.: 160602

2.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Arnold Matthias Brunckhorst

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SATB), orchestra, basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 425337

15.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Rogier Michael

Historia von der Empfängnis unsers Herren Jesu Christi

for: Mixed choir (SSATTB) a cappella

Score

Item no.: 235985

11.80 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Lorenz Maierhofer

Höret die Weihnachtsgeschichte

chormusikalisch erzählt frei nach dem Lukas-Evangelium
für gemischte Stimmen SATB oder SAB, Sprecher und Instrumentalbegleitung (Klavier/Orgel od. 3 Streicher/3 Bläser)

for: Mixed choir (SATB/SABar), narrator; instruments ad lib.

Score

Item no.: 631209

7.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Hans Joachim Barth

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

for: GCH (3) SPR ORG

Item no.: 119316

7.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Günther Kretzschmar

Geboren im Jahre Null

Weihnachtsgeschichte

for: Kinderchor (1-4stimmig), 2 Sprecher, Orchester (Perkussion, 3 Xyl, Metal, Glockenspiel, 3 Blockflöten, Akkordeon (Orgel), Kontrabass, Gitarre)

Score

Item no.: 231249

9.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

Christus op. 97

Oratorio fragment
Part I: The Birth of Christ; Part II: The Passion of Christ
Urtext Stuttgarter Mendelssohn-Ausgaben

for: Soloist (tenor), mixed choir (SATTBB), orchestra

Score (Urtext edition)

Item no.: 205752

43.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Albrecht Tunger

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

Die Kantate 108

for: Soloist (soprano), children's choir (1 voice), mixed choir (SATB), strings

Score

Item no.: 279122

7.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

Jauchzet Ihr Himmel

Songbook

Item no.: 462325

10.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Johann Schelle

Vom Himmel hoch

Actus musicus auf Weih-Nachten (Luk. 2, 1-20)
Cantata

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Score

Item no.: 352212

51.00 €plus shipping
Special manufacture. Delivery time: 3–4 weeks.
Joseph Haas

Christnacht op. 85

Ein deutsches Weihnachtsliederspiel nach oberbayerischen und tiroler Weisen

Piano reduction

Item no.: 288434

28.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
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Friedrich Spee

Christmeßgesang

darin ein Engel die geburt Christi den hirten verkündigt
aus "Trutz-Nachtigall", 1649

for: Voice (high), basso continuo; organ ad lib.

Sheet music

Item no.: 2753

1.50 €
Instantly available.
Carl Orff

Ludus de nato Infante mirificus (1960)

Ein Weihnachtsspiel

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Lyric book

Item no.: 199297

8.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Wolfgang Elger

Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

für Kinderchor, Frauenchor und 3 Metallophone (Orgel)

for: Women's choir [children's choir] (2 parts), 3 mallets (SAB) [organ]

Score

Item no.: 362710

19.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Ingrid Engel

Spiele im Advent

Ein musikalischer Adventskalender für Musikschule, Schule, Kindergarten und Familie
24 Spielmodelle für kleines Schlagwerk, Stabspiele, Melodie- und Selbstbauinstrumente

for: Schlagwerk, Stabspiele, Melodieinstrument, Selbstbauinstrumente

Ensemble score

Item no.: 118090

7.50 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Cornelia Boese

Maria, Josef und das Kind

Book (Hardcover)

Item no.: 762013

14.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )

Geboren im Stall auf diesem Stern

Weihnachtsgedichte

Book

Item no.: 657667

19.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 4–5 working days (de )
Thomas Selle

Weihnachtshistorie

“Es begab sich aber zu der Zeit“

for: 2 soloists (ST), 2 mixed choirs (SSATB, SSATB), orchestra, basso continuo

Score

Item no.: 230447

12.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Sei gegrüßet, Maria mixolydisch SWV 333 (op. 9, 28) (1639)

Ankündigung der Geburt Jesu. Evangeliendialog. Aus: Kleine geistliche Konzerte II
gleicher Notentext wie Ave Maria SWV 334, mit singbarer englischer Übersetzung

for: 2 soloists (SA), favorit choir (SSATB), 5 melodic instruments, organ

Score

Item no.: 231801

8.34 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy

The Birth of Christ

Part 1 of the oratorio fragment "Christus" op. 97 MWV A 26
Urtext Stuttgarter Mendelssohn-Ausgaben

for: Soloist (tenor), mixed choir (SATTBB), orchestra

Viola (orchestral part)

Item no.: 235662

2.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Anders Öhrwall

Gaudete

Eine Weihnachtsgeschichte nach alten Liedern aus den "Piae Cantiones", 1582

for: Narrator, mixed choir, instruments

Score

Item no.: 214874

21.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time approx. 1–2 weeks.
Kurt Hessenberg

Weihnachtsgeschichte op. 54 (1950-1951)

for: Treble recorder

Music score

Item no.: 162036

4.30 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Heinrich Schütz

Historia der Geburt Jesu Christi SWV 435

Weihnachtsoratorium (Urtextausgabe) (Urtext)

for: Symphonic orchestra

Set of parts

Item no.: 186714

46.95 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )
Reinhard Keiser

Dialogus von der Geburt Christi

Weihnachtsoratorium in drei Teilen

for: 4 soloists (SATB), mixed choir (SSAATTBB), orchestra

Score

Item no.: 470976

43.00 €plus shipping
Delivery time: 2–3 working days (de )

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