Required Resources: SATB choir
Language: Latin & German / Latin & English
This is an example of a Renaissance motet called a macaronic carol, meaning the text occurs in two different languages.
These were not uncommon, and usually included both Latin and a vernacular language.
In this case, Michael Praetorius (1571-1621) used Latin for the rondo-like refrain:
Psallite unigenito, Christo Dei filio,
psallite Redemptori Domino,
puerulo jacenti in præsepio.
The short verses are in his native German.
Dr. Thomas Vozzella, Director of Music/Organist at First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Louisiana, has translated the Latin and German to produce a singable English version of the text.
The music is light and detached, in typical Renaissance "madrigal" style.
It could quite authentically be doubled on instruments (e.g. trumpets & trombones; recorders; woodwinds, strings).
Order #: 7079
- Treasury Series
- SATB Choir
- a cappella
- English / Latin