Please turn to number 107 and join with the clarinets in “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”.
First Line: Christ the Lord is Risen Today
Name: CHRIST IS ERSTANDEN.
Meter: 7 7, 7 7. With Alleluia.
Tempo: Joyfully. In unison.
Music: German Carol, XII cent.
Text: Michael Weisse, cir. 1480-1534
Tr. Catherine Windworth, 1829-78 a.
Clarinet Arrangement: 107-ChristTheLordIsRisenAgain
If you know anything about me from reading these posts, you know I love a good medieval hymn.
I am not sure why, but the harmonies and rhythms just speak to me more than modern hymns, like, say, Arthur S. Sullivan’s arrangement for “Come Ye Faithful, Raise the Strain“.
I really didn’t think I could improve on the first time through, so I only played it once. I also couldn’t resist upping the sound model to “Tall Cathedral” using a Garageband Spacial Sound Plugin.
Weisse based “Christus ist erstanden” upon an earlier hymn of the same name which was studied by Martin Luther. The hymn was based on a Latin sequence from 1100 called “Victimae Paschali laudes” and was initially a Bohemian language hymn of the Church of Bohemia. The hymn was first published in print in 1531 by Weisse in his German language Ein Neugesängbuchlein hymnal in the Kingdom of Bohemia after translating it from Bohemian. In 1858, Winkworth translated “Christus ist erstanden” into English, initially giving it the English title of “Song of Triumph”. She first published “Christ the Lord Is Risen Again” into her Lyra Germanica, attributing the hymn to the “Bohemian Brethren“. Winkworth’s approach in translating the hymn was to try and recreate the verses rather than making a direct translation of them due to German fusional language meaning that some words in the original had to be removed in translation as they did not fit into the English translation. The hymn is often used as a hymn for Easter Sunday which commemorates the Resurrection of Jesus.
The hymn was initially performed to the melody of the original Latin “Victimae Pashali laudes”. However, since then, the hymn has been performed in other musical compositions including “Llanfair” and “Wirtemburg”. In 1971, John Rutter also composed his own musical setting for “Christ the Lord Is Risen Again!”