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December 2nd: Charpentier's marriage of folk tradition and the Midnight Mass

A completely original idea at the time

Using popular carols in church music was not new in 17th Century Paris, but basing a whole mass on these songs was something new entirely. Incorporating eleven noëls, most of which are dance-like in character, says much for the composer’s craftsmanship in blending these different idioms so seamlessly together.

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