Of the Father’s Love Begotten (SATBdiv) – English or Latin

By | January 30, 2013

This setting of “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” is the second motet in a set entitled Three Latin Christmas Motets and is dedicated to the American Kantorei of St. Louis, Missouri. It musically intertwines two manifestations of the God incarnate: that which occurred with the birth of Christ and that which happens when believers observe the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The primary textual and musical element is the ancient, but familiar and beloved Christmas hymn “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” This hymn is accompanied by an ostinato chant, the text of which is taken from the hymn tune name, DIVINUM MYSTERIUM. This tune name comes from the first two words of the tune’s original text, a Sanctus trope that in the early church would have been sung during the celebration of Holy Communion.

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