This piece of
music was written by Jean Daetwyler on a
commission from Swiss Radio International. It depicts the story of the birth of
Christ as seen through the eyes and expressed by the voices of townspeople
in Heremence, Valais, Switzerland. The Chanson du Rhone choristers
combine with the natural sounds of the canton to create an audio
authenticity that results in a live, moving musical drama.
Angels – While shepherds watch their flocks, the angels play with
stars and announce the birth of Christ.
Shepherds – The shepherds travel to the birthplace of Jesus and play
music for Him.
Kings – The Magi follow the star in the east and present their gifts
to the baby Jesus.
Bells – The carillon and choir unite in song to ring out the good
news that the Savior is born.
“Noel Valaisan” appears on a pair of recordings, Christmas in Switzerland and Messe Valaisanne.
Chanson du Rhone recordings
Noel Valaisan (Jean Daetwyler)
Musica Helvetica MH CD 69-2 (Christmas in Switzerland)
- Liner notes: Christmas in Switzerland