Camille Saint-Saëns (18351921)

Oratorio de Noël op. 12

Bärenreiter Urtext

for: Soloists, mixed choir, orchestra

Double bass (orchestral part)

Item no.764116
Author/ComposerCamille Saint-Saëns
EditorChristina M. Stahl
Duration40 minutes
Release year2020
Producer No.BA 11304-85


  • New edition for the Saint-Saëns Anniversary Year 2021
  • Piano reduction by Saint-Saëns’ pupil Eugène Gigout
  • Notes on Gallican pronunciation of the Latin text

Saint-Saëns was barely 23 years old when he composed his “Oratorio de Noël” in just 12 days in 1858. Now this Christmas oratorio which has been edited by Christina M. Stahl is appearing in a scholarly-critical Urtext edition.

In the Foreword (Ger/Eng/Fr), the editor explains the background of the premiere, elucidates the work’s expansion from six movements to ten and describes the composer’s multiple revisions. These revisions, among other things, are documented in the detailed Critical Commentary (Eng). Moreover, this edition is the first to offer valuable tips on the Gallican pronunciation of the Latin text, which was customary in France until 1903.