Some beautiful music for the third Sunday of Advent

It’s the birthday of French composer Hector Berlioz (1803 – 1869), whose oratorio L’enfance du Christ received its premiere in Paris on December 10, 1854. It tells the story of Mary and Joseph escaping to Egypt after King Herod orders the massacre of the innocents. This beautiful chorus, “L’adieu des bergers,” depicts the shepherds at Bethlehem bidding farewell to the holy family as they depart Judea for Egypt.

 

7 Responses to Some beautiful music for the third Sunday of Advent

  1. Beautiful. Thank you for broadening my Christmas music spectrum

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    • I’m glad you enjoyed it! Normally I avoid posting Christmas music during Advent, but I had to make an exception for Berlioz’s birthday, and Christina Rossetti’s last week. It’s not their fault they were born during Advent, after all. 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on saywhatumean2say and commented:
    Better late than never. THANK YOU my dear BB. ~~dru~~

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  3. Wow! U found something by Berlioz (the perpetrator of Symphonie Bombastique) that grabs me. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • I think this might have been one of the first pieces by Berlioz that I ever heard, and it was love at first hearing. My skills as a pianist are pretty rudimentary, but some years ago I spent several weeks learning to play a piano transcription of “The Shepherds’ Farewell.” Normally when a piece is beyond my meager abilities, I just give up on it, so the fact that I made an exception for this one tells you something about how much I love it. 🙂

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