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News 2011: (US) Harmonia Early Music: "Seasonal Settings And Angelic Appearances" By Laura Osterlund (19 December 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 30, 2011

“It’s time to celebrate the holidays with a selection of motets based on chants for the Christmas season!  Our first chant is Puer natus est nobis, a Introit that celebrates Christ’s birth. Its text reads: “A Child is born to us, and a Son is given to us: Whose government is upon His shoulder: and His name shall be called, the Angel of the Great Counsel.”
  

A motet would often complement or draw from the lesson of the worship service.  Renaissance composer Heinrich Finck’s setting of Puer natus est nobis was intended to be sung during the third Mass on Christmas Day. …“

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