The Flower of Holy Night is based on the Mexican legend of the poinsettia. Lots of good tunes keep everything moving along. There are eight main parts, lots of special speaking parts, and plenty of non-speaking parts.
- Innovative Review by Paul Stebbings
Musically, the piece is tinged with colours from the same tradition. Castanets are heard in the backing track to some songs, including a manageable dotted 3/8 in the opening number. The march of the three wise men rather obviously derives from the farandole in Bizet's L'Arlesienne. The most popular of the six songs is likely to be Hurry, Do, which incorporates a brisk dance as gifts are brought to the crib. The music as a whole is not as interesting as the story. (Posted on 27/04/2010)