Thursday, December 03, 2009
Your Daily Dose of Christmas
Hector Berlioz is often stereotyped as a composer who wrote for enormous orchestras in enormous halls, but he had his quiet and meditative side, as is seen best in his gentle oratorio L'Enfance du Christ ("The Childhood of Christ"). Since the events depicted in the oratorio come after the birth of Jesus, maybe this isn't properly a Christmas selection, but that's how I tend to view it. Here is the most famous part of the work, the chorus "The Shepherds' Farewell".