the music of Philip Spaeth
Hodie Christus Natus Est
A Christmas Anthem
for SATB Choir with Piano (2008)
premiered Christmas 2008
The Church of St. Peter
Saratoga Springs, NY
About Hodie Christus Natus Est:
Hodie Christus Natus Est (2008) is a festive anthem for Christmas, which works well as an anthem in the context of liturgy, as a choral prelude or postlude, or as part of a concert performance. The piece has enough rhythmic and harmonic challenges to keep it interesting, while also having enough repetition to make for easier part learning by a volunteer choir. The Latin text consists entirely of three phrases: "Hodie Christus natus est" ("Today, Christ is born"), "Et in terra pax" ("And on earth, peace."), and "Alleluia." The piano accompaniment is also exciting enough to keep the accompanist engaged, but without too much difficulty. All in all, this is a great, festive addition to any choir's repertoire!
Click on the title page image above to view sample pages from the score.
While I do not have a live human recording of this piece, I have included a MIDI audio rendering of the score to give you a sense of the piece. As always, bear in mind that electronic choral/vocal samples are unable to interpret lyric texts, so you will not hear any of the text of the piece, only "ah's".
Christmas 2008 world premiere
The Choir of St. Peter
The Church of St. Peter | Saratoga Springs, NY
Philip Spaeth, Music Director
December 2016 concert performance
Festival Celebration Choir of Albany, NY
First Lutheran Church | Albany, NY
Philip Spaeth, Artistic Director
Andrew Krystopolski, Assistant Director/Accompanist