Russian Christmas Music (1944)
An ancient Russian Christmas carol (Carol of the Little Russian Children), motives derived from the liturgical music of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some original music form the basis for this musical impression of Old Russia during the jubilant Christmas season. Although the piece is cast in the form of a single continuous movement, four distinct sections can be recognized. Reed originally subtitled these sections Children’s Carol, Antiphonal Chant, Village Song, and the closing Cathedral Chorus.
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