Plural Sax

Sax Quartets

Shepherds' Farewell

Hector Berlioz, arr. Alex Guilmant, Ben Tordoff

Composed:
1850
Arranged:
1884
Grouping:
SATB or AATB

Shepherd looking towards Bethlehem and the StarBerlioz's music was so poorly received by his Parisien audiences that he originally had "L'adieu des bergers" (Shepherds' Farewell) performed as a forgotten piece by a fictional 17th-century composer "Ducré". It was so popular that he incorporated and expanded it into the oratorio "L'Enface du Christ". Whereas most Christmas stories end with the birth of Jesus, this oratorio starts with Herod's dream and describes Mary and Jospeh fleeing Bethlehem with their new baby for safety in Egypt.

This sax quartet is a fairly literal transcription of Alex Guilmand's organ reduction (available on IMSLP), produced in time for Christmas 2020 despite the pandemic preventing any opportunity to perfom it.


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