Chorale Prelude on Narodil se Christus Pan
About this work:
Performed here in its premiere performance by Marjorie Jackson Rasche, F.A.G.O., organ, Alecia Lowyer, oboe, and Allsion Young, flute, this is the second movement from "The Czech Chorale Suite." In June of 1983, the Rev. Paul Chovanec travelled to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC and heard an organ recital given by Joseph Bertolozzi. Impressed with Bertolozzi's own compostions, he commissioned him to write a new work for organ and instruments based on Czech hymntunes from the liturgical seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. 'Narodil se Christus Pan' is the Christmas installment, and the words in
English run as follows: "Christ the Lord has been born for us, let us be glad; The bloom of the rose has blossomed for us, let us rejoice. From a virginal womb, from a royal lineage, He has been born for us, for us." Though the individual movements were performed over the years as they appeared, the entire suite was premiered as a whole on September 11, 1997, at St. Christopher's Church in Houston, Texas.
Year composed: 1986
Ensemble type: Chamber or Jazz Ensemble, Without Voice:Other Combinations, 2-5 players
Instrumentation notes: 1 Flute soloist ,1 Oboe soloist ,1 Organ soloist