O Holy Night is quite possibly the most beloved Christmas song of all time. This arrangement for String Quartet is a perfect Christmas concert work.
A fantasia is a musical composition with its roots in the art of improvisation. Fantasia on O Holy Night is meant to sound improvised from the start and gradually take on a more structured sound as the piece develops.
The melody is buried within the dense, but shimmering harmonies. It “peaks” out every so often as to guide the listener along. The listener should feel a sense of overwhelming and infectious joy as the instrumentalists approach the climax of the piece.