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Geborn ist Gottes Söhnelein

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Praetorius published the dance-like Geborn ist Gottes Söhnelein as part of a series of Christmas texts inserted after the verses of a Magnificat setting in his Megalynodia Sionia (1611). Here he engineers a delightful musical crescendo by setting the three stanzas of the text for two, three, and four voices respectively. His treatment of the hymn melody (which he adapted from that of the Latin hymn Puer nobis nascitur, and which is familiar now through its use for ‘Come, thou Redeemer of the earth’) is playfully elusive: in the opening duet it acts as the lower ‘supporting’ voice until the last phrase, when it suddenly shifts to the top voice an octave higher, and these two voices continue to take turns in singing phrases of the melody in the other two verses.

from notes by Owen Rees © 2020

Recordings

A Ceremony of Carols
Studio Master: SIGCD627Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 21 on SIGCD627 [1'01] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD627 track 21

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ISRC
GB-LLH-20-62721
Duration
1'01
Recording date
3 July 2019
Recording venue
The Church of St Michael and All Angels, Summertown, Oxford, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Adrian Peacock
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch
Hyperion usage
  1. A Ceremony of Carols (SIGCD627)
    Disc 1 Track 21
    Release date: October 2020
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