In dulci iubilo

composer
old German melody
arranger
1836
author of text
Latin and German of unknown origin
translator of text

 
Robert Pearsall’s In dulci jubilo is a choral arrangement par excellence—indeed, it is perhaps the archetype for the countless subsequent arrangements of traditional melodies for SATB choir. Pearsall’s carol can be heard as an ‘Englishing’ (or Anglican-ization?) of a foreign tradition, not dissimilar perhaps to the adoption of German Christmas traditions such as the Christmas Tree into English life in the mid-nineteenth century. (Victoria and Albert married in 1840, four years after Pearsall wrote his setting.) The original tune, which in the hands of Praetorius or Scheidt dances boisterously, is rendered soft-edged and quietly grand by Pearsall’s smooth harmony and effortless part-writing. In the later verses, Pearsall’s counterpoint often seizes the foreground from the original melody; more than simply a straightforward harmonization, this is almost a carol-fantasia.

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Recordings

A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey
CDA67716
Adeste fideles
CDA66668

Details

Track 10 on CDA66668 [3'52]
Track 1 on CDA67716 [3'37]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67716 track 1

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-08-71601
Duration
3'37
Recording date
15 February 2008
Recording venue
Westminster Abbey, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
David Trendell
Recording engineer
Simon Eadon
Hyperion usage
  1. A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey (CDA67716)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: October 2008