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This animated setting of an ancient tune CHRIST IST ERSTANDEN is fresh and yet timeless. Renaissance rhythms (and the hint of ritornello) pair perfectly with the tune’s austere nature. Absolutely stunning with organ, brass quartet, timpani, and percussion or with organ alone which offers opportunities for varied and colorful registrations. See “Rehearsal Tips” tab above.


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Voicing: SATB
Accompaniment: keyboard or brass quartet, timp., perc., and organ
Duration: 3 min 20 sec
Difficulty: Medium

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Have fun with organ registration!

Think about the nasal quality of the Renaissance crumhorn, shawm, etc, and create combinations that evoke the same kind of raucous sonority. Break tradition by combining unlikely stops (oboe, krummhorn and octave 4, perhaps with a mutation or the vox humana without tremolo coupled at 16′ to add a touch of weight… no tremolo please).

The solo starting in measure 12 is ideal for a reed, but again, give it a twist if you have enough options.

Keep the rhythm driving and play well-articulated phrases.

Text: Michael Weisse (1480-1534); trans. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)

Christ the Lord is ris’n again,
Christ hath broken every chain.
Hark, angelic voices cry,
Singing evermore on high, Alleluia!

He who gave for us his life,
Who for us endured the strife,
Is our Paschal Lamb today;
We too sing for joy, and say Alleluia!

Thou, our Paschal Lamb indeed,
Christ, thy ransomed people feed;
Take our sins and guilt away:
Let us sing by night and day Alleluia!

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