Hodie Christus natus est (Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-25)   CPDL #48180:     
Editor: Simon Biazeck (submitted 2017-12-25).   Score information: A4, 13 pages, 157 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: On the matter of tempo and proportional interpretation of the triple and duple sections, performers should consider adopting early 17th c. Venetian practice: dotted semibreve = minim. This necessitates a fast triple time at Hodie - perhaps uncustomarily so for modern performers - but makes more sense of the Laetantur and Exsultant sections. It also allows a constant pulse to be maintained throughout and a smooth transition from triple to duple time; vital for singers who read from single parts.
  • CPDL #27349:  Network.png
Editor: Jonathan Schakel (submitted 2012-10-15).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 147 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: In B-flat (down whole step). Basso continuo included.
  • CPDL #27259:       
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-10-03).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key and note length. Keyboard accompaniment. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #25534:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-02-04).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. This edition is offered at one tone below original key for SSATB or transposed down a further fourth for SATTB. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • CPDL #03065:       
Editor: Denis Mason (submitted 2001-10-22).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: arranged a fourth lower for men's voices, AATBB. Sibelius file is unzipped, A4 page format.
Error.gif Possible error(s) identified. Error summary: comment from Ultimarko: p. 1 bar 3 baritone voice – should be 8th rest not quarter; the entering "Chri-" should be a syncopated quarter. Consider using a slightly faster duple tempo, and dotted quarter from the first equaling quarter in the duple.
  • CPDL #02072:        (Finale 2000)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 2001-02-10).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 152 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Hodie Christus natus est
Composer: Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSATB, SATTB and AATBB
Genre: SacredMotetMagnificat antiphon for Christmas Day

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella & Keyboard

First published: 1619 in Cantiones sacrae, no. 13
  2nd published: 1980 in The Chester Book of Motets, Book 12, no. 9


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Text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Hodie Christus natus est.