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Holiday Music @ Bruton
Our annual choir holiday concert will take place on Tuesday, December 12, this year at 8pm in the church sanctuary. Accompanied by strings, flutes, oboes, and handbells, the choirs will sing music from the baroque period and the end of the 20th century.  
    We’ll open with Georg Philipp Telemann’s Christmas cantata of 1720, Uns iste in Kind geboren (To us a child is born), part of a cantata cycle he composed for the entire year while living in Frankfurt.  The cantata is in eight varied movements with solos and choruses, not dissimilar to the famous cantatas of J. S. Bach, but certainly less contrapuntally dense.  It is a delightful, joyous work, appropriately intended to celebrate the birth of our Savior.  
    Next on the program is a setting of Mary’s Magnificat¸which has been attributed to the early German baroque composer, Dieterich Buxtehude, but was not likely written by him.  No better or secure attribution has been made, and the connection with Buxtehude is based solely on its inclusion in the library of a friend, who owned much of his music.  The style suggests another composer, but the date of origin is surely still the latter part of the 17th century.  The Magnificat is divided into six movements which alternate choral and solo passages and brief instrumental ritornelli.  
    We will end the concert with American composer Libby Larsen’s Ringeltänze, completed in the 1980s, arranged for choir, strings, and handbells.  The movements of this work depict festive caroling and dancing during the Christmas season, especially as was the tradition in medieval France.  Larsen is one of America’s leading composers and has been especially hailed for her sensitive settings of fine text to fine music.  We hope many of you will have the opportunity to experience this concert and enjoy both something old, even possibly familiar, along with something fresh and new.  May you have a blessed holiday season filled with family, friends, and music.
Last Published: November 22, 2017 11:27 AM