Wake, Awake, for Night Is Flying
Praetorius, arr. David W. Music

Composer Michael Praetorius, arr. David W. Music
Text Philipp Nicolai
Voicing Two-part choir, keyboard
Lectionary usage Advent
Price $1.25 (U.S.)
Length 1' 30" Released 6/97
Catalog no. 405-136
Difficulty Mod. easy

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A new edition of a delightful chorale motet by Michael Praetorius (1571­1621). This useful setting of the famous Advent hymn may be sung by a two-part choir of equal voices, or as a duet. The accompaniment, realized by David Music, supports the voices well.

"Wake, awake, wake, awake, for night is flying,"
the watchmen on the heights are crying,
"awake, Jerusalem, at last!"
Midnight hears the welcome voices,
and at the thrilling cry rejoices:
"Come forth now virgins night is past!
Awake the Bridegroom comes, awake,
your lamps with gladness take;
alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
And for his wedding feast prepare,
for you must go to meet him there.

Text: Philipp Nicolai, tr. Catherine Winkworth, alt.

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"David Music's Wake, Awake will take a bit more rehearsal time, but no one will mind: this is the nearest thing I've seen to Distler's guileless charm in a very long time. I have a suspicion that it would work better with either treble or male voices, but that is not confirmed by experience, so check it out for yourself. In any event, this is a winner!" -Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, October 1998

"Using Buxtehude's raw materials, Music has arranged a boisterous bicinium that should win over even the most ardent guitar-strumming 'Haugen-Dhaas' wannabes in our congregations. In the words of one of my college students, 'that's a real cool chart.' Highly recommended." -Cross Accent, Vol. 6B (Summer 1998)


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