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)
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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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