A Medieval Songbook 9 - Christmas music
This ninth volume in Lumina’s series of Medieval Songbooks is dedicated to the music of Christmas! Christmas was a significant festival for the people of the Middle Ages – a time of joy and mystery. Most of the music marking the festival speaks of the story of Mary and the birth of Jesus. We hope you enjoy this special collection of some of Lumina’s favourite Christmas pieces from Medieval times.
We’ve also created a Medieval Songbook 9 playlist for you on our YouTube channel www.YouTube.com/user/LuminaVocalEnsemble (a quick way to hear our performances of these wonderful pieces).
Adam lay ibounden Anon, English, C15 (SA)
Adam lay in bonds for 4,000 winters because of an apple that he took
Angelorum gloriae Anon French, C14 (2 part)
Surrounded by the angel’s glory, He is made flesh today
Lullay, Lullay: As I lay on yoolis night Anon English, C15
As I lay on yule night, along in my longing, I thought I saw a fair sight - a maid with a child
Be merry, be merry Anon, Musica Britannica, C15 (SSA)
I pray you be merry, everyone, for a child was born of a maiden to save mankind
In natali Domini Anon, Codex Speciálník, C15 (TBB)
On the birthday of the Lord, angels rejoice and sing Glory be to God
Nesciens mater John Dunstaple, C15 (ATB)
Knowing no man, the Virgin mother bore the Saviour of the world
Nova, nova, ave fit ex Eva Anon C14 (unison)
All hail the new Eve – Gabriel of high degree came from the Trinity to Galilee
Nowell sing we Anon English, C15 (ATB)
We all sing a Christmas carol now the King of peace has come
Nowell, nowell, Tidings true Anon English, Musica Britannica C15
Nowell, this is the salutation of the angel Gabriel
Nowel – out of your slepe aryse Anon English, Selden MS c1430
Arise from your sleep and awake, for God has taken on human form.