Arnold Schoenberg wishes you a very happy Christmas

schoenberg piano

An arrangement of “Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen” for chamber ensemble, courtesy of Dr Stephen Roe, one of several new friends I made during the course of this lovely year.

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  • Ingenious,the way Schoenberg assimilated so many Xmas carols into this single span. The kind of trick Gerald Barry or Michael Finnissy might do these days.

  • About half a century later Samuel Barber would do something quite similar for full orchestra with his Die Natali. Almost a who’s who of carols and also in a fairly short span of time and, like Schoenberg’s Weihnachtsmusik, unjustly overlooked.

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