03:00 | SATB Choir, Piano, & Solo Cello | Request Score

Program Note

This up-tempo arrangement of In Dulci Jubilo, commissioned by the Arlington Master Chorale, directed by Randy Jordan, features a modern reharmonization of this beloved carol. The choir is partnered with a colorfully orchestrated Piano and Solo Cello accompaniment. The melody is passed between the voices so each part has a chance to sing the main theme. The harmonies feature surprising twists, such as the use of modal interchange and pedal tones.

This carol would fit well in any holiday-themed concert, Festival of Lessons and Carols, or sacred Christmas and/or Epiphany service.

Text

1. In dulci jubilo
Now sing with hearts aglow!
Our delight and pleasure
Lies in praesepio;
Like sunshine is our treasure
Matris in gremio,
Alpha es et O!
Alpha es et O!

 

2. O Patris caritas!
O Nati lenitas!
Deeply were we stained.
Per nostra crimina;
But Thou for us hast gained
Coelorum gaudia.
O that we were there!
O that we were there!

 

3. Ubi sunt gaudia,
In any place but there?
There are Angels singing
Nova cantica;,
And there the bells are ringing
In Regis curia.
O that we were there!
O that we were there!

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