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Il est né, le divin enfant
composer
Traditional French carol
arranger
1888, B flat major (original key)
author of text
Traditional French Carol

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'Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 2 – Un paysage choisi' (CDA67334)
Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 2 – Un paysage choisi
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Il est né, le divin enfant
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A ‘petit rien’ perhaps (prepared for performance on Christmas Day 1888), but this arrangement of a delightful little carol shows the hand of a master. Other composers (including Chabrier, and Fauré’s pupil Ravel, not to mention D’Indy and Canteloube) left various folk song arrangements, but this is as near as we can find to Fauré arranging music other than his own (an exception to this is an impossibly long-winded arrangement of what purported to be a hymn to Apollo from the time of the ancient Greeks). This is a piano arrangement of the original accompaniment for organ, harp, oboes, cellos and double basses.

from notes by Graham Johnson © 2005

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