039.GoodChristianMenRejoice

Please turn to number 39 and join with the clarinets in “Good Christian Men Rejoice”.

Name: IN DULCI JUBILO
Meter: Irregular
Tempo: Smoothly, in quiet time
Music: XIV cent. German Melody
Text: Medieval Latin Carol
Tr. John Mason Neale, 1818-66

Not sure why, but I find this music strangely moving. Maybe I’m just getting the hang of playing hymns on the clarinet or something. I do seem to enjoy the older hymns the most…

Clarinet arrangement:039.GoodChristianMenRejoice

Doubled all parts and applied the usual Audacity reverb “Church Hall” effect.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal

038.LoHowARoseEErBlooming

Please turn to number 38 and join with the clarinets in “Lo How a Rose E’Er Blooming”.

Name: ES IST EIN’ ROS’ ENTSPRUNGEN.
Meter: 7 6, 7 6, 6 7 6.
Tempo: Tenderly
Music: Geistliche Kirchengesang, Cologne, 1599
Text: XVI cent.
Tr. St. 1,2 Theodore Baker, 1851-1934
St. 3, Harriet R. Krauth, 1845-1925
St. 4, John Caspar Mattes, 1876-1948

Another of my personal favorite hymn melodies!

The text is thought to be penned by an anonymous author expressing fulfillment of the prophecy ofIsaiah 11:1 The piece first appeared in print in the late 16th century. The hymn has been used by both Catholics and Protestants, with the focus of the song being Mary or Jesus, respectively.[1] In addition, there have been numerous versions of the hymn, with varying texts and lengths. In 1844, the German hymnologist Friedrich Layriz (de) added three more stanzas, the first of which, Das Blümelein so kleine, remained popular and has been included in Catholic hymnals.[2]

The tune most familiar today appears in the Speyer Hymnal (printed in Cologne in 1599), and the familiar harmonization was written by German composer Michael Praetorius in 1609.[1]

Here’s the clarinet arrangement: 038.LoHowARoseEErBlooming

I doubled each clarinet part and added the usual audacity “Church Hall” Reverb effect.

Red Service Book and Hymnal
Red Service Book and Hymnal