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In dulci iubilo

old German melody
author of text
Latin and German of unknown origin
translator of text

The original words of In dulci jubilo were a mixture of German and Latin and they have been translated a number of times from the fifteenth century onwards. Robert Lucas de Pearsall (1795–1856) was an educated English gentleman who studied law and became involved with music only when he moved to Germany in 1825. Thereafter he remained abroad, bought a castle by Lake Constance, and wrote madrigals in sixteenth-century style and partsongs like O who will o’er the downs so free? He added the ‘de’ to his name presumably as an affectation. A considerable linguist, he published English translations of Schiller and Goethe. His free, and imaginative, setting of In dulci jubilo, for unaccompanied double choir, is masterly in its treatment of the fourteenth-century German tune and in its constant variations of texture.

from notes by Wadham Sutton 1993


A Christmas Caroll from Westminster Abbey
Adeste fideles
On Christmas night
SIGCD386Download only


Track 10 on CDA66668 [3'52]
Track 1 on CDA67716 [3'37]
Track 2 on SIGCD386 [3'14] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA66668 track 10

Recording date
29 May 1993
Recording venue
All Hallows, Gospel Oak, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Adeste fideles (CDA66668)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: October 1993
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