Ferenc Farkas

Quittez pasteurs

French Christmas song for 4-part mixed choir

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Composed: 1948
Text: in French
Durata: 2'
Publication: Ascolta

Quittez pasteurs for male choir
A kisdednek for 4-part mixed choir


The origin of this French carol goes back to the autumn of 1946 when Farkas went to work for two-and-a-half years in Székesfehérvár, a town 60 kilometres south-west of Budapest. During the period of reconstruction following the war he undertook to reorganise the musical life of the town. He established a music conservatoire, becoming its director, as well as conducting choirs and organising numerous concerts. In these circumstances there was a call for music which was easy to sing and attractive to performers and audiences.

In 1948 Farkas composed two French carols - Quittez pasteurs, Dans cette étable – and the English carol It came upon the midnight clear with Hungarian words by Károly Vargha. One third French carol, Je suis l’archange de Dieu, was probably written at the same time.

Decades afterwards these works were published with their original texts. Thanks to the fact that the composer's son András conducted male-voice choirs in Switzerland, Farkas arranged the three French pieces for male choir in 1975 and 1994. 

László Gombos