Christum wir sollen loben schon

Meter: 8.8. 8.8.
Source: Johann Walter, Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, Wittenberg, 1524
Proper Text: Christ Shall We Now Begin to Praise (Christum wir sollen loben schon)

Zahn No. 297a

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Available Recordings
  • A magnificent recording of Lucas Osiander’s arrangement of “Christum wir sollen loben schon,” the version used for the Free Lutheran Chorale-Book, is available as the opening track of the album Praetorius: Mass for Christmas Morning, by Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort & Players (iTunesAmazon )
  • Another recording of the same arrangement is found on The Carol Album: Seven Centuries of Christmas Music, by Andrew Parrott and the Taverner Consort, Choir & Players, Track 18 (iTunesAmazon )
  • A beautiful arrangement by Bartholomäus Gesius, 1601, is found the album Altdeutsche Weihnachtsgesänge, by Pavel Kühn and the Kühn Chamber Soloists, with Symposium Musicum (iTunesAmazon )
  • The earliest arrangement, by Johann Walter, Geystliche gesangk Buchleyn, Wittenberg, 1524, is performed by the Dresdner Kreuzchor on the album Music of the Reformation, Disc 2, Track 4 (iTunesAmazon )

 


Christum wir sollen loben schon (syllabic)

Meter: 8.8. 8.8.
Source: Eyn Enchiridion oder Handbüchlein (Erfurt Enchiridion), Erfurt, 1524
Proper Text: Christ Shall We Now Begin to Praise (Christum wir sollen loben schon)

Zahn No. 297b–c

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This is a simplified, syllabic version of the more melismatic plainchant melody given above.