Sarah Rimkus

Composer Sarah Rimkus
Text Antiphon for Christmas Day
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics Christmas
Lectionary usage Christmas
Price $3.35 (U.S.)
Length 3' 35" Released 1/2021
Catalog no. 405-217
Difficulty Mod. difficult

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A lively interplay between choir voices and choir and organ utilizing the pentatonic scale. A festive anthem for Lessons & Carols or Christmas services.

Hodie Christus natus est,
Hodie salvator apparuit,
Hodie in terra canunt angeli,
laetantur archangeli:
Hodie exultant justi, dicentes:
Gloria in excelsis Deo.

Today Christ is born,
Today the Savior appeared,
Today on Earth the Angels sing,
Archangels rejoice:
Today the righteous rejoice, saying:
Glory to God in the highest.

-Antiphon to the Magnificat sung at Vespers on Christmas Day

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Note from the Composer
Pentatonic scales are perhaps the most vocally natural scales that exist. They are the basis of many if not most folk singing traditions and can be extremely comfortable for even the most amateur of singers to latch onto. This piece uses simple pentatonic scales, made more complex by sustained into clusters and being stacked polytonally, combined with
very syncopated rhythms to make a joyous sound that communicates the joy of Christmastime. –S.R.


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