for SATB Choir, Percussion, Harp & Organ
"Modal melodies and driving accompaniment set up the joyous Latin text, while mixed meter generates energy in this thrilling Christmas concert opener."
Hodie! is my setting of the beautiful Latin antiphon that concludes the morning prayer service, or Lauds, on Christmas Day. It is scored for performance by SATB choir and three-player instrumental ensemble consisting of percussion (1 player), harp, and organ. Percussion instruments include bass drum, snare drum, and suspended cymbal. An instrumental reduction for piano is included in the choral score.
Modal melodies and driving accompaniment set up the joyous Latin text, while mixed meter generates energy in this thrilling opener (or closer) for any Christmas concert.
Hodie Christus natus est.
Hodie Salvator apparuit.
Hodie in terra canunt Angeli.
Hodie exsultant justi, dicentes:
Gloria in excelsis Deo.
Today Christ is born.
Today the Savior appears.
Today the angels sing on earth.
The Archangels rejoice.
Today the just exult, saying:
Glory to God in the highest.