Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella
This lively, 17th Century French carol opens as a jaunty little dance to tell the story of the two female farmhands, Jeanette and Isabella, discovering the Christ child and His mother in a stable. Wanting to share this exciting news, they run to tell friends and neighbors. The quiet middle section incorporates handchimes and is less rhythmic. It depicts them urging the onlookers to “hush” and be still so as not to disturb the sleeping baby. The piece closes with the return of the carefree dance to celebrate the good news of the newborn King! 107 measures. Key of F Major.