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

Recordings
'Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music' (CDH55367)
Palestrina: Missa Hodie Christus natus est & other sacred music
CDH55367  Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release  
'Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas' (CDA67396)
Palestrina: Music for Advent and Christmas
MP3 £7.99FLAC £7.99ALAC £7.99 CDA67396  To be superseded by CDH55367  
Details
Track 4 on CDH55367 [2'23] Helios (Hyperion's budget label) — To be issued soon November 2014 Release
Track 4 on CDA67396 [2'23] To be superseded by CDH55367

Hodie Christus natus est
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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

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