Personent Hodie — concert band

“Personent Hodie” is a Medieval German tune, ca. 1360, published in the Finnish hymnal/songbook Piae Cantiones, 1582. Gustav Holst (1874-1934) composed a choral setting of the tune in 1916, with text translated and paraphrased by his assistant, Jane M. Joseph.…

Personent Hodie — concert band

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“Personent Hodie” is a Medieval German tune, ca. 1360, published in the Finnish hymnal/songbook Piae Cantiones, 1582.

Gustav Holst (1874-1934) composed a choral setting of the tune in 1916, with text translated and paraphrased by his assistant, Jane M. Joseph. The first verse is:

On this day earth shall ring with the song children sing, to the Lord, Christ our King, born on earth to save us; him the Father gave us.
[Refrain]: Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o, Gloria in excelsis Deo!

In this setting for concert band, the tune is presented first in a maestoso duple meter, echoing the processional feeling of Holst’s setting, which gives way to a joyful, spiritoso triple meter exploration of the tune.

This video is a demo of the sheet music available from Con Spirito Music. Visit www.conspiritomusic.com

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