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Hodie Christus natus est
8vv SSAB ATTB; third volume of motets, 1575
author of text
based on the Magnificat Antiphon for Second Vespers, Christmas Day

'Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music' (CDH55367)
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
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Hodie Christus natus est
Hodie Christus natus est is a double choir (SSAB+ATTB) motet that comes from Palestrina’s third volume of motets published in Venice in 1575. The motet is based on the text of the Magnificat antiphon at Second Vespers on Christmas Day, interspersed with the traditional Christmas cries of ‘noe, noe’. This is a wonderful piece of writing which brilliantly exploits the possibilities of effective contrast: by using the differing sonorities of a high choir and a low choir; by setting off slow-moving passages expressing the solemnity of the celebration of Christ’s birth against rapid antiphonal exchanges of joyful cries of ‘noe, noe’; by using running passages to reflect the singing of the angels and the rejoicing of the archangels and the just; and by reserving until the concluding section of the motet the use of triple time for the final joyful exchanges of ‘noe’.

from notes by Jon Dixon © 2003

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67396 track 4
Recording date
13 February 2003
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas (CDA67396)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: September 2003
    Deletion date: October 2013
    Superseded by CDH55367
  2. Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music (CDH55367)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: November 2014
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label) NEW
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