O Holy Night (arr Miller)

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Adolphe Adam

Adolphe Adam (arr. David P Miller)

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General Info

Year: 1847 / 2005
Duration: c. 5:20
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: SilverClefMusic.com
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00


Full Score
Condensed Score
Lead Sheet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II, III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Baritone TC
Baritone BC


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

O Holy Night ("Cantique de Noël") is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem Minuit, chrétiens (Midnight, Christians) by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau (1808–1877).

In Roquemaure at the end of the year 1843, the church organ was recently renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest asked Cappeau, native from this town, to write a Christmas poem. Cappeau did it, although being a professed anticlerical and atheist. Soon after, Adam wrote the music. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey.

Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight, editor of Dwight's Journal of Music, created a singing edition based on Cappeau's French text in 1855. In both the French original and in the two familiar English versions of the carol, the text reflects on the birth of Jesus and of humanity's redemption.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

This arrangement was written for and premiered by Dr. William Martin (professor of voice at Western Carolina University) in 2005.

The original arrangement of this is in the key of Eb, which makes the high note near the end a Bb. The soloist in a subsequent performance requested a lower key, so this arrangement is now also available in Db.

- Program Nite from arranger


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