Use: Christmas, Marian, Lent, Palm Sunday, General
Required Resources: SATB choir
These five Latin motets are a blessing for choir directors looking for good, easy pieces that are long enough to fill a spot at Offertory or Communion.
Colin Brumby's superb choral writing skill comes to the fore in these motets, which can be used at various times throughout the year.
- Puer natus in Bethlehem is a Christmas text.
The refrain ("In cordis jubilo …") is set for unison choir with organ accompaniment.
SATB voices sing four verses ("Puer natus…" / "Hic jacet…" / "In hoc natali…" / "Laudetur sancta Trinitas…"), each followed by the refrain.
- Jesu, dulcis memoria, whose text is attributed to Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, is appropriate for celebrations of the Holy Name or for general singing.
Verses 1, 3 and 5 are set in the style of an SATB Bach chorale.
Verses 2 and 4 use the familiar chant melody in unison (a cappella).
- O Sanctissima has an 18th century Sicilian text.
Three verses, in homophonic texture, sing the praises of the Blessed Virgin ("O sanctissima…" / "Tota pulchra es…" / "Sicut lilium…").
Each verse ends with the same petition: Mater amata, intemerata, ora pro nobis.
- Parce Domine, a Lenten hymn based on Joel 2, begins with a sturdy unison refrain, accompanied by organ.
Four chorale-like verses follow ("Flectamus iram…" / "Nostris malis…" / "Dans tempus acceptabilis…" / "Audi benigne Conditor…"), with the refrain sung after each.
- Gloria laus et honor is a hymn to Christ the King sung on Palm Sunday, with text by Saint Theodulph of Orleans.
The traditional chant, "Gloria laus et honor … Hosanna pium," is used as the a cappella unison refrain.
Five SATB verses are written, with optional organ doubling the voice parts.
This octavo offers a fantastic bargain: five useful, easy motets, which will maximize rehearsal time and please both choir and congregation!
Order #: 5035
- Choral Music
- Ordinary Time
- SATB Choir
- a cappella