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In dulci jubilo (14th c. German hymn, arr. Andrico​/​Stewart)

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This familiar German Christmas hymn is, like several others, macaronic, in this case a mix of German and Latin. The text is attributed to Heinrich Suso (1295- 1366) and the anonymous tune dates from as early as the 14th century. Our unique arrangement is inspired by later settings including that of Michael Praetorius.

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In dulci jubilo,
Nun singet und seid froh
Unsers Herzens Wonne
Leit in praesepio,
Und leuchtet als die Sonne
Matris in gremio,
Alpha es et O, Alpha es et O

O Jesu parvule
Nach dir ist mir so weh
Tröst mir mein Gemüte
O puer optime
Durch alle deine Güte
O princeps gloriae.
Trahe me post te, Trahe me post te

O Patris caritas
O Nati lenitas
Wir wären all verloren (verdorben)
Per nostra crimina
So hat er uns erworben
Coelorum gaudia
Eia, wären wir da, Eia, wären wir da

Ubi sunt gaudia
Nirgend mehr denn da
Da die Engel singen
Nova cantica,
Und die Schellen klingen
In regis curia.
Eia, wären wir da, Eia, wären wir da

In sweet rejoicing, now sing and be glad,
Our hearts' joy lies in the manger;
And it shines like the sun in the mother's bosom.
You are the Alpha and Omega

O infant Jesu I long after you,
Console my mind, o noble child
Through all your mercy, o prince of glory
draw me unto you.

O loving Father; O gentle Son
We would have lost all through our offenses.
He won for us the joy of heaven.
Ah, that we were there.

Where is rejoicing? Nowhere more than here.
As the angels sing a new song
And the bells ring throughout the realm
Ah, that we were there.

credits

from Magnum Mysterium: Advent & Christmas music for lute & voice, released November 1, 2016
Performed live by Mignarda; Donna Stewart, voice and Ron Andrico, lute.
Arranged from original sources by Ron Andrico, Mignarda Editions.

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Mignarda Danby, New York

Mignarda specializes in thoughtful programming illuminating the vibrant mingling of renaissance music & poetry. Noted for awakening modern audiences to an appreciation for historical music, their work encompasses concertizing, teaching & recording, with ten critically-acclaimed CDs, a series of 12 music editions, scholarly articles, reviews and the internationally-popular blog, Unquiet Thoughts. ... more

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