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NCS Winter Concert - Rheinberger: The Star of Bethlehem

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St Nicolas Church

West Mills

Newbury

RG14 5HG

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Cathal Garvey and the Newbury Choral Society celebrate Christmas at St Nicolas Church on Saturday December 7 with the performance of two choral works, and an orchestral composition to be performed by London Ulysses Orchestra. Rheinberger’s Star of Bethlehem and Finzi’s In Terra Pax combine to retell the well-known Christmas story in music.

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Rheinberger: The Star of Bethlehem
Finzi: In terra pax

The music of Josef Rheinberger (1839-1901) is remarkable for its inventiveness and masterly technique. His The Star of Bethlehem tells the familiar Christmas story in lush, melodic, Romantic colours, with full symphony orchestra and soprano and bass soloists. Rheinberger was a musical prodigy who played the church organ and composed music while still a child. Born in Liechtenstein, he spent most of his life in Germany, having entered the Munich Conservatorium in 1851 and eventually becoming professor of piano and composition there. He was influenced greatly by Brahms, but also acknowledged his debt to earlier composers such as Bach, Mendelssohn and Schubert. Among the distinguished musicians and composers Rheinberger taught are Humperdinck and Richard Strauss. He left more than two hundred compositions, including a number of sacred pieces and organ compositions once declared “undoubtedly the most valuable addition to organ music since the time of Mendelssohn”.

Gerald Finzi’s In terra pax tells an equally familiar story, combining the talents of soloists and chorus: the baritone soloist sings a section of text from a poem by Robert Bridges, a friend of Finzi, with the angel’s part filled by the soprano, while the chorus is given the well-known words of St Luke. Finzi (1901-1956) is best known as a choral composer. His early life and studies led to a teaching post at the Royal Academy of Music, but he left London to settle in Wiltshire and later Hampshire, where he founded the Newbury String Players.

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St Nicolas Church

West Mills

Newbury

RG14 5HG

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