Christe qui lux es et dies (Michael Praetorius)

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Introductory notes

Praetorius included twelve settings of this compline hymn in his Hymnodia Sionia, 1611. They are listed below with their original numbers. The disambiguation titles in parentheses are editorial. A plainsong version is also included for ease of reference: this represents the version of the cantus firmus used by Praetorius, and is not always the same as that used by other (esp. English) composers. The setting representing the most straightforward and undiluted statement of the plainsong is No. 56.

Christopher Shaw's editions

Hymnodia Sionia comprises settings with examples of underlay for single verses. In his editions below, Christopher Shaw has expanded the underlay for each setting to include all verses (with the exception of a 7, which omits verse 3). Pre-existing underlay has also been reviewed and revised. The greater moiety of underlay is therefore, by definition, editorial. Small rhythmic alterations have been made when absolutely necessary to accommodate the different scansions of different verses.

Shaw's editions have been made uniform: each has been given a reduction (for practice purposes); each verse starts on a new page, with reiterated voicing. Any one verse will therefore be compatible with any other verse from a different setting. It is envisaged that the user can create his own tailored version from the constituent verses to obtain a variety of textures and sonorities.
N.B. the English practice was to alternate plainsong (odd verses) with polyphony (even verses) (hence the common title of polyphonic settings of "Precamur").

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Plainsong

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 37 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 60 (a 2)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 153 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For AT. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 55 (a 3 I)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 28 pages, 244 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Available for SST or TTB according to Praetorius' direction "Haec cantio per octavam inferius cantatur si placet" (this piece may be sung an octave lower, if wished). In which case the Bass may wish to sing the lower notes an octave higher (taking care not to cross with the higher parts). Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • CPDL #23615:      Transposed:     (Finale 2011)
Editor: Ross Jallo (submitted 2011-05-26).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 31 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original key, SST or TTB. Praetorius notes that "Haec cantio per octavam inferius cantatur si placet". MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 62 (a 3 II)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 21 pages, 185 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SAT. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 56 (a 4 I)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 115 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SATB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 57 (a 4 II)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 174 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SATB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 58 (a 4 III)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 21 pages, 186 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SATB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 61 (a 4 IV)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 28 pages, 231 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SATB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 64 (a 4 V)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 28 pages, 240 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SATB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 59 (a 5 I)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 49 pages, 509 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For AATTB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 63 (a 5 II)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 35 pages, 352 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For AATTB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 65 (a 5 III)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 49 pages, 459 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For AATTB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

Hymnodia Sionia: No. 66 (a 7)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-07-28).   Score information: A4, 26 pages, 218 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For SSAATTB. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Christe qui lux es et dies
Composer: Michael Praetorius

Voicing 2-7, see above

Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

Published: Hymnodia Sionia, 1611

Description: Praetorius' various settings of the compline hymn.

Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Christe qui lux es et dies.