Welcome to the 9th Day of Christmas!
Wikipedia conveniently gives us the outline of this fun and delightful symphony:
- The first movement (Allegro energico) is based on O Come All Ye Faithful. It is in the style of a Bach chorale prelude.
- The second movement is a scherzo (Allegro molto moderato) on God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, similar to the Russian Balakirev compositions.
- The third movement (Andante quasi lento e cantabile) is a slow movement whose outer sections are based on the Coventry Carol, with a central interlude on The First Nowell.
- The finale (Allegro energico come prima) recapitulates material from the first movement, and also uses Here We Come A-Wassailing before concluding with a re-statement of O Come All Ye Faithful similar to a style of Charles Villiers Stanford in a fugal structure.
This selection has the symphony itself, complemented by wonderful visuals. You can learn about the visuals here.
All very British, that!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Steven A. Armstrong
Tutor, Editor, Consultant