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Puer natus in Bethlehem

composer
1620; Cantiones sacrae; 8vv SSAATTBB
author of text
Hymn at Christmastide; thirteenth century

 
As Kapellmeister at Halle, Scheidt worked under difficult conditions, which included the Thirty Years’ War (which left him in post but without pay), disputes with the clergy (which resulted in his losing his position), and plague, which claimed the lives of his four surviving children. His music represented a new north German style resulting in large part from the effects of the Reformation, and standing in contrast to the Italian style of his contemporary, Monteverdi, whose Cantate Domino was published in the same year.

The text ‘Puer natus in Bethlehem’ forms the introit for the Eucharist on Christmas morning. The 13th-century melody would have been as well known to Scheidt’s audience as other tunes such as In dulci jubilo and Resonet in laudibus, which have remained popular to this day. Here the text has been elaborated and the lightly buoyant setting by Scheidt conveys the joy of the birth of Christ.

from notes by Emma Cleobury © 2019

Recordings

A winter's night
Studio Master: SIGCD646Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Sacred treasures of Christmas
Studio Master: CDA68358Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
The music of King's
Studio Master: KGS0034-DDownload onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 6 on CDA68358 [2'23]
Track 9 on SIGCD646 [2'15] Download only
Track 2 on KGS0034-D [2'48] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDA68358 track 6

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-20-35806
Duration
2'23
Recording date
20 March 2020
Recording venue
St Augustine's Church, Kilburn, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
David Hinitt
Hyperion usage
  1. Sacred treasures of Christmas (CDA68358)
    Disc 1 Track 6
    Release date: November 2020
  2. Hyperion sampler - November 2020 Vol. 2 (HYP202011B)
    Disc 1 Track 5
    Release date: November 2020
    Download-only sampler
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