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Claude
Balbastre
 
Noëls

 
 

 
 Claude Balbastre :
Noels
 
Two volumes 9½” × 13”
  • Volume 1 (Suites 1 and 2) = 40 pages, Euros 31.-
  • Volume 2 (Suites 3 and 4, additionnal Noels) = 38 pages, Euros 31.-

Here is the first Urtext edition of Balbastre’s famous Noels, issued in 1770.  Published for the harpsichord or the forte-piano, they were made up from the organ Variations which Balbastre used to play regularly, first in Saint-Roch, later at the Concert Spirituel.  Balbastre made some changes here and there, and sometimes added a few more Variations typically for the piano, then set them up in four Suites, each with six pieces, ordered by tones, major or minor (D, A, G, C), with a nice Prelude at the beginning of the book.
 
Apart from the traditional Christmas tunes currently varied by every Parisian organist, Balbastre made use of spendid burgund tunes which often gave him opportunities for his best pieces.  On several occasions two melodies are associated within a single Noel.
 
In this edition four extra Noels for organ by Balbastre may be found.  They were not part of the original book, but come from separate manuscripts.
 
Complete edition in two volumes, with foreword and critical notes.

 
 
Contents

Volume 1
 
 Foreword
 
First Suitte of Noels
   Prelude
   A la venue de Noël
   Joseph est bien marié / Mes bonnes gens attendez-moi
   Où s’en vont ces gais Bergers
   Ah ma voisine es-tu fâchée
   Tous les Bourgeois de Châtre
   Quand Jésus naquit à Noël
 
Second Suitte of Noels
   Votre bonté Grand Dieu
   Il est un petit l’Ange
   Joseph revenait un jour
   Au jô deu de pubelle
   Grand Déi, ribon ribeine
   A cei-ci le moitre de tô l’Univar / O jour glorieux
 
Critical Notes
Volume 2 
 Third Suitte of Noels
   Qué tu grô Jan, quei folie
   Divine Princesse
   O jour ton divin Flambeau
   Quel désordre dans la Nature
   Vé Noël galizôte / Noël vén, j’aivon criai si for
   Fanne coraige, le diale â mor
 
Fourth Suitte of Noels
   Or nous dites Marie
   Je rends grâces à mon Dieu
   Qui a ce peu machuret
   Comment tu oze petite rose
   Laissez paître vos bêtes
   Il n’est rien de plus tendre / Si c’est pour ôter la vie / A Minuit fut fait un Réveil
 
Additionnal Noels
   Votre bonté Grand Dieu
   Quand Jésus naquit à Noël
   A la venue de Noël
   Où s’en vont ces gais Bergers
 
Critical Notes


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