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C’est Noël! (It’s Christmas!)

André Jutras

C’est Noël! (It’s Christmas!) is based on three well-known traditional Christmas songs structured in a fast/slow/fast form. It opens with a brilliant introduction based on “Il Est Né le Divin Enfant” (He is Born The Holy Child) played by the trumpets over a rhythmic accompaniment. Then “Sainte Nuit” (Silent Night) is played softly by the brass. Finally, “Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes” (Angels We Have Heard On High) is played in a fanfare-like statement with “Joy To The World” as an upper woodwind counterpoint.

André Jutras is a French-Canadian conductor, composer, arranger, woodwind artist and Music Officer with the Canada Council of the Arts.

Last updated on December 27, 2015 by Palatine Concert Band