Meter: 8.4. 8. and alleluia
Source: Latin Chant, 14th c.
Proper Text: A Child Is Born in Bethlehem (Puer natus in Bethlehem; Ein Kind geborn zu Bethlehem)
An arrangement based on the setting for Tenor and Bass found in Piae Cantiones, performed by the Finnish Radio Chamber Choir, on the album Piae Cantiones: Early Finnish Vocal Music, Track 11 (iTunes • AmazonMP3)
Michael Praetorius’s setting from Musae Sioniae, Vol. V, 1607, No. 86, performed by Vokalensemble Con Anima, on the album Die Geburt Jesu: Weihnachtliche Musik der Renaissance aus Mitteldeutschland, Track 25 (iTunes • AmazonMP3)
With origins in a fourteenth-century chant, the melody “Puer natus in Bethelem” is associated with the Christmas hymn of the same name. What is now considered the tune proper began as a descant for the older tenor melody that would survive fairly intact as the tenor line in later four-part arrangements. It is this tenor line that appears as the melody in Joseph Klug’s Geistliche Lieder, as well as Valentin Babst’s Geistliche Lieder, Leipzig, 1545.