Il est ne lť divin Enfant

Published by Oxford University Press
Catalog # 0-19-386830-x

 

SATB a cappella
Traditional Christmas text in French
Difficulty rating (1-5): 3

 
 listen to Il est ne le divin Enfant

P
erformed by the Capella Choir of Calvin College,
Joel Navarro, director

 

The traditional melody for this song is there- but itís pretty well hidden by overlapping fragments of different lengths which continuously shift position as their different isorhythmic cycle points shift in relationship to each other. That may sound very serious and technical, but you wouldnít call this piece serious upon hearing it- itís bright, full of fun, and almost implies a Swingle Singer type approach to the piece. Thatís exactly what happened on a first read-through, something in the music caused the group trying it out to lighten up their sounds and we really did start hearing a Swingle Singers type sound, even though nobody suggested taking that approach!

 


TEXT

Chorus: Il est ne, le divin Enfant,
Jouez, hautbois, resonnez, musettes;
Il est ne, le divin Enfant;
Chantons tous son avenement!

Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous le promettaient les Prophetes;
Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous attendions cet heureux temps. Chorus

Ah! qu'il est beau, qu'il est charmant,
Que ses graces sont parfaites!
Ah! qu'il est beau, qu'il est charmant,
Qu'il est doux le divin Enfant! Chorus
 
Une etable est son logement,
Un peu de paille, sa couchette,
Une etable est son logement,
Pour un Dieu, quel abaissement! Chorus

O Jesus! O Roi tout puissant!
Tout petit enfant que vous etes,
O Jesus! O Roi tout puissant!
Regnez sur nous entierement! Chorus

 
 


 

  

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