Christmas round a 4 voci

Music: David Johnson. Words: Martin Luther, trans. the brothers Wedderburn
4 equal or mixed voices
performance time approx 1m 30s
Range: b – d'' (upper voices) / B – d' (lower voices)
Price code: B
Complexity: **

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A lovely round in E dorian mode, expressing the quiet astonishment of seeing the Christ child in a wooden crib. The meter is irregular but the pulse is constant, with 11 syllables in each line. In the score, syllables sung simultaneously are vertically aligned.

For a contrasting companion piece, consider David Johnson's Christmas canon a 6 voci, also available from Canasg.

Glossary and pronunciation guide included


My saull and lyfe stand up and see
Quha lyis in ane cribe of tre:[quha — who; ane — an; tre — wood]
Quhat Babe is that, sa gude and fair?[quhat — what; sa — so]
It is Christ, Goddis Sone and air.[God's Son and heir]

Scots translation by the Wedderburn brothers c. 1565 of the hymn Vom Himmel hoch by Martin Luther

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