In 1846 a French Priest first asked his friend, Placide Cappeau to write a Christmas poem, The poet wrote “Minuit Chretiens,” which the priest then took to composer Adolph Adam, who was then at the peak of his career, and asked him to set it to music.
Adam’s music, together with the poem, became O Holy Night, (Cantique de Noel) and has since become one of the most reverential and beloved Christmas Carols of all time.
This arrangement was written to feature a famous operatic tenor. Dr. Bill Martin of Western Carolina University (now retired), and works beautifully to feature a strong tenor or soprano singer.
This arrangement comes with TWO sets of parts – the original in Eb, for those singers who can reach a high Bb strongly, and a second version in Db for those who are more comfortable with an Ab as their top strong note.
This work was premiered in 2010 by Dr. Martin, but unfortunately, we do not have a recording of that performance. The Video below is the December 2012 performance by excellent tenor Steve Hyland.
If you have access to a strong singer, you need to add this tune to your repertoire. It will make an outstanding culmination for your next Christmas concert.