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Kerstlied (oud-fransche melodie)

By Sem Dresden

Vocal music
Voice and orchestra (medium 3trb perc str)
location of manuscript archive registration number 047/159a 047/159b-c
published score
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Arrangement of ‘Christmas song (old French melody)’ for solo singing voice, strings, trombones and triangle

Based on ‘Où courez-vous chers pasteurs?’

Words (Dutch) by Jan Dirk Cornelis van Dokkum

+ piano reduction

Dec. 1939

About Sem Dresden

Sem Dresden

Despite his German-oriented teachers, Sem Dresden felt attracted early on to modern French music. He developed his own refined and sober style, composing his entire life. Dresden was of pivotal importance to Dutch musical life, working as a choral conductor and director of the conservatories in Amsterdam and The Hague. His legendary composition classes had a major impact during the interwar period.

by Geert van den Dungen