- Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2011-06-02). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 45 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Description: The melody and words are traditional in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and probably in neighbouring areas of Germany. They are of unknown age (the move on line 4 to the dominant might suggest the 19c). The source used presented the music as a duet for women's voices, which this arranger either lost or discarded years ago. Each verse was set identically. In Luxembourg at least, it is traditional in Catholic churches to sing the piece at the end of Mass on St Cecilia's Day, although how widely this is done the arranger does not know.
In this arrangement, each of the three verses has its own setting for S A T Bar B, with dynamics added. The very beginning of verse one is identical to the music in the source on which the arrangement is based; as the congregation at the first performance in 1998 was expecting to hear the traditional setting for two voices, the arranger thought it would be amusing to add the extra voices one by one as unobtrusively as possible.
Original text and translations
1 Caecilia wie lieblich klingt
1 Cecilia, your noble name is hymned