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Adam: Le Retour a la Montagne for soprano, oboe and piano
Publisher: Jeanne Inc.
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Adolphe Charles Adam (1803–1856) was a French composer and
music critic. He composed primarily for the opera and
ballet. By 1830 he had already completed twenty-eight
works for the theater. He is probably best remembered for
the ballet Giselle (1841). The role of Giselle has become
one of the most sought-after roles in ballet. Adam’s
Christmas carol (1847), “Cantique de Noel,” translated to
English as “O Holy Night,” is also an international
In 1849 Adam became professor of composition at the
Paris Conservatory, where one of his most prominent
students was Leo Delibes, who achieved fame writing for
opera and other stage productions. Adam died suddenly
in 1856, only seven years into his tenure at the
"Le Retour a la Montagne" is for Voice, Oboe and Piano.
The voice part has a 1.5 octave range from F (bottom
of treble staff) to B-flat (above treble staff), with
one phrase that includes notes to low F (an octave below
the treble staff). This phrase is marked to be optionally
sung an octave higher. The text is in French. The oboe
part is used both contrapuntally to the voice and
in harmony with the singer as a duo.
The duration is slightly over 3 minutes.
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