Christmas carol discovered: “When cosy with shimmering flakes”

When intimate with shimmering flakes Winter is snowing the earth, And around the metal bells To the christmas ringing

This is how the Christmas song begins, written and set to music by Ferdinand Freiligrath. Born in Detmold in the Principality of Lippe, he learned the profession of a merchant, was linguistically gifted and subtle. Later, he worked as a translator and freelance writer in various countries of the German Empire, which had not yet been created at that time. Today one would say: a true European.

It is a rarely played Christmas carol discovered by Andreas Horwath and published by CesDur in a collection of 12 Christmas carols with the title “Festive Christmas“. This new collection of Christmas carols is arranged in a four-part wind section. Included are not only German Christmas song classics, but also English Christmas mass songs. Arranger Andreas Horwath is proud to have discovered a real jewel with “Wenn traulich mit shimmernden Flocken“.

He has attached particular importance to varied arrangements with beautiful harmonies. Every voice sometimes has a melody or a counterpoint in the movement. All arrangements of the collection “Festive Christmas” can be played by music clubs as well as trombone choirs or quartets such as clarinet, saxophone or brass quartets.

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