Premiere—2015, by Mark Bilyeu, St. Paul, Minn.
Noël: another word for Christmas, often as an expression of joy. According to Peter Wilton (Grove Online), many French noël texts were printed, with suggestions as to appropriate melodies, from the 16th century to the 18th. “They were sung in the streets and were interpolated into the midnight Mass of Christmas. From the 17th century, organists played instrumental variations on noël melodies; many surviving keyboard transcriptions of these survive, notably by Daquin and Dandrieu.” This little Noël was composed for my friend Rebecca Lindholm’s birthday in 2009, a birthday she shares with a great, impetuous composer from Bonn. Finger-games abound!