|Contant, Alexis - "La Vierge à la Crèche" for Flute & Harp|
Contant, Alexis (1858 - 1918)
Magatagan, Mike (1960 - )
|Editeur :||Magatagan, Mike|
|Droit d'auteur :||Public Domain|
|Ajoutée par magataganm, 25 Déc 2012|
Joseph Pierre Alexis Contant (12 November 1858 - 28 November 1918) was a Canadian composer, organist, pianist, and music educator. The first notable Canadian composer to be entirely trained in his native country, he stated "I write not for glory but rather to satisfy an irresistible need." Although he had considerable training as a pianist, his knowledge of musical composition was largely self-taught, although not by choice as his life afforded him little opportunity to find suitable teachers. Much of his time was spent dedicated towards teaching, family, and work as a church organist, and his compositional output was minimal before 1900. As his children grew older, he was able to devote more time to composition and therefore his later life was his most productive. A stroke in 1914 virtually ended his activity as a composer.<br> <br> "La Vierge à la Crèche" ("The Virgin at the Cradle" or "Mary in the Manger") recounts the experience of the Virgin Mary and the newborn Savior Jesus Christ. The composition was intended for Piano and Mezzo Soprano. The lyrics were created by Alphonse Daudet and translate as:<br> <br> In swaddling clothes white, freshly sewn<br> The Virgin cradled her Child Jesus<br> He chirped like a nest of birds<br> She rocked and sang softly<br> What we sing our little angels<br> But the Child Jesus did not fall asleep<br> <br> Although originally written for Voice and Piano, I created this arrangement for Flute and Concert (Pedal) Harp.
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