In the spirit of Christmas, this blog’s very first post – helpfully on a Thursday – will fit the season. Feast your ears on Sweelink’s ecstatic “Hodie,” which is three and a half minutes of barely controlled (for a Baroque dude) excitement about the birth of Jesus. The best part of the piece is at 2:42 when the choir sounds like it’s splitting apart in competition to see who can produce a happier “Alleluia.” It’s an absolute delight to sing, and every time you realize that you’re involuntarily dancing.
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Exultant Justi! Can you post–or post a link to–the words? My Latin is a tad rusty. Can’t wait fir Termagent Tuesday
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Hodie Christus natus est:
Hodie Salvator apparuit:
Hodie in terra canunt Angeli,
Hodie exsultant justi, dicentes:
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Today Christ is born:
Today the Savior appears:
Today the angels sing on earth,
and the Archangels rejoice.
Today the just exult, saying:
Glory to God in the highest.