Twelve Days of Christmas Music XII

I’m a day late–yesterday was really the 12th day of Christmas, and today is really Epiphany. Rosalynde has a (predictably) brilliant piece that fits the story of the wisemen’s star with the Nephites’ day with no night. It’s the perfect lead-in to a couple of excerpts from Mendelssohn’s unfinished oratorio, Christus. First, a trio of wisemen, and then a setting of a bit of text from Numbers–there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel–linking Christ’s birth with ancient prophecy. Mendelssohn also connects both to the musical heritage that informed his work and another portent of Christ’s birth, by quoting a chorale that J.S. Bach used in a cantata for the festival of the Annunciation (BWV 1).

May your New Year be full of light!

Comments

  1. Kristine, thanks for doing this series. I’ve really enjoyed it.

  2. Me, too.

  3. You’re very welcome–it has been fun!

  4. These have been beautiful selections, Kristine. Thanks very much for expanding our–in particular my!–horizons a little bit! Next Christmastime, I’ll be looking for recordings of some of these pieces you’ve highlighted to complement our holiday listening.

  5. Amazing series. You’ve educated us all.

  6. Wow, I have alot to learn. Thanks again; great stuff.

  7. I agree–thanks for this series! It reminded me of music I love and introduced me to some unfamiliar pieces.

  8. Thanks, Kristine! A great BCC series. Hopefully it will become an annual event . . .

  9. Steve Evans says:

    Bless you for this, Kristine.

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