An arrangement featuring the Choir of Clare College Cambridge , accompanied by a cello ensemble, descant recorder and medieval tabor under the direction of Geoffrey Simon, was recorded in for a CD entitled A Cello Christmas on the Cala Records label. Libera has also included this song on at least 3 Christmas albums, in , , and Tenebrae released a version arranged by Karl Jenkins , both with percussion and as a pure a cappella version in October on the album Gaudete. German medieval rock band Schelmish performed "Gaudete" on their album Mente Capti. On 28 October , British synthpop group Erasure released their electronic version of "Gaudete" as the first single off their Christmas-themed album Snow Globe. A parody of "Gaudete", replacing the original words of the verses by sex-related terms, was recorded by the German medieval metal band Potentia Animi on their album Das Erst Gebet.

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Piae Cantiones Piae Cantiones For about as long as I have been working with early music, the song collection Piae Cantiones has followed me.

More recently I have, however, grown increasingly dissatisfied with this edition, mainly for two reasons: In order to keep the publication compact, the editors chose to omit a large portion of the verses in the strophic songs; the editors also made quite liberal changes in text underlay and, on occasion, melody, without including a critical apparatus describing the modifications.

In order to remedy this, I decided to start making a new set of editions of the songs, following the original print more closely, and, when changes have been necessary, including critical notes. All songs are available in original note values and at original pitch, but on occasion I also include transposed versions, to make certain songs more accessible.

The collection contains a wide variety of songs for school use, with sacred or moral texts. Many of the songs have been traced to Central or Western Europaean origins, but many others have been uniquely preserved in this collection and may have been locally produced.

The chronological compass is equally diverse, with songs clearly dating from mediaeval times sharing space with other songs in a late renaissance idiom. One of the purposes for printing the collection seems to have been keeping these songs from falling out of use, and this goal certainly was achieved. The collection was reprinted in , with the addition of several monophonic songs, as well as a few polyphonic songs written by editor Daniel Friderici, a composer working in Rostock.

New prints and selections continued to appear in the following centuries, and some of the songs seem to have been kept in use in Finnish schools even in the 19th century. It is my hope that the editions below will contribute in some modest way to the continued use and popularity of these attractive songs.

All of the editions may be freely printed out, copied and used in concerts and recordings. They may not, however, be reissued in print or online without my prior consent.


Gaudete (Anonymous)

Numbers in square brackets refer to the page numbers overstamped on the reprint; they are not in the original publication. Cantiones de nativitate Domini et Salvatoris nostri Jesu Christi 1. Angelus emittitur [13—14] 2. Puer nobis nascitur [15—16] 4. Verbum caro factus est [16—17] 5.


Piae Cantiones (Finno, Jaakko)

Jump to navigation Jump to search Piae Cantiones, It was compiled by Jacobus Finno , a clergyman who was headmaster of the cathedral school at Turku. Most of them are religious in nature but some, for example Tempus adest floridum, are secular school songs. The lyrics in the collection testify to the moderate nature of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden. Although some Catholic nuances have been purged, many songs still carry strong traces of the cult of Virgin Mary e. Ave Maris Stella. Although published as late as , the melodies of Piae Cantiones are medieval by nature.


Piae Cantiones




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