"Cantique de Noelle" has assured Adam a place in the Composers' Hall of Fame long after "Giselle" is (mercifully) forgotten.
"Cantique" was written for high voice (tenor or soprano) with organ accompaniment in the key of D-flat (5 flats). It was written for a professional voice, as the end makes clear. Adam expects the singer to hit a high A-flat and run down the D-flat scale legato to a high D-flat, not using the vocal shorthand of portamento. In other words, those notes should be clear and not slurred.
In church it works best with a soloist who has had some experience with opera. Unfortunately, when a congregation is asked to sing it, the result usually approaches low comedy. As a youth, I can remember more than one congregation falling flat on its vocal -- ahem, face -- when asked to sing that carol.
. . . and of course the Trocks have sent it up worse than anything we can do.
Interesting history of “O Holy Night/Cantique de Noelle.” Thank you very much.
I remember the ballet Giselle...fondly, actually. But then I was crazy about ballet in general.
This is my favorite rendition.