Throwback Thursday: “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” Jan Sweelink

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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.

2 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday: “Hodie Christus Natus Est,” Jan Sweelink

  1. theyankette

    Your wish is my command!

    Hodie Christus natus est:
    Hodie Salvator apparuit:
    Hodie in terra canunt Angeli,
    laetantur Archangeli
    Hodie exsultant justi, dicentes:
    Gloria in excelsis Deo.
    Alleluia.

    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.
    Alleluia.

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