Dec 13

Hodie Christus natus est [Christ is born today] (Luke 2:11) – Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli

Giovanni Gabrieli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 2:11 [Latin]

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Hodie Christus natus est, Christmas motet for 8 voices arranged in two separate choirs, composed by Giovanni Gabrieli (1554/1557-1612)

Performed by University Choir Munich
Munich Brass Connection
Director: John Kleinjung


MP3: Gabrieli: Hodie Christus natus est


Hodie Christus Natus Est (Christ Is Born Today) (Hodie Christus natus est). Composed by Gabrieli. For double choir. Christmas. Difficult. Published by Concordia Publishing House (CR.97-5758U1).


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Dec 06

Angelus ad pastore ait [The angel said to the shepherds] (Luke 2:9-11) – Hans Leo Hassler

Hans Leo Hassler, 1564–1612

Hans Leo Hassler, 1564–1612 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 2:9-11 [Latin]

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

Angelus ad pastore ait (1601) composed by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)

Performed by The Sine Nomine Singers of Valdosta; David Lee Johnson, Founder and Director


MP3: Angelus ad pastores ait


Composed by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612). Arranged by Geoffrey Mason. Walton Choral. 12 pages. Walton Music #W6002. Published by Walton Music (HL.8501195).


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Nov 29

Magnificat [Magnifies] (Luke 1:46-55) – Arvo Pärt

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc...

The Visitation in the Book of Hours of the Duc de Berry; the Magnificat in Latin (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Luke 1:46-55 [Latin]

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Magnificat, composed in 1989 by Arvo Pärt (b. 1935)

Performed by Coro da Camera del Conservatorio di Como
Vincenza Giacoia, soprano solo
Domenico Innominato, director


MP3: Magnificat – Arvo Part


Composed by Arvo Part (1935-). Choral part(s). With Standard notation. Universal Edition #UE019350. Published by Universal Edition (PR.UE019350).

Nov 22

Laboravi clamans [I am weary of crying] (Psalm 69:3) – Jean-Philippe Rameau

Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Joseph Aved.

Jean-Philippe Rameau, by Joseph Aved. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Psalm 69:3 | Psalm 68:4 Vulgate [Latin]

I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Laboravi clamans, grand motet for 5 voices composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Performance conducted by Philippe Herreweghe, with Collegium Vocale Gent, Chœur et Orchestre de la Chapelle Royale

Performed by University of Illinois Chorale, Matthew Leese conductor


MP3: Laboravi


Laboravi Clamans (SSATB,Org) composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764). Edited by Daniel Pinkham. For SSATB choir, Organ. Choral. Vocal score. Text Language: Latin. Published by Edition Peters (PE.P66276). ISBN M-3007-1989-4. With Text Language: Latin. Choral.


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