This well-known piece is
actually a parody of a lighthearted 13th century
song to St. Nicholas entitled Intonent hodie voces
ecclesie. It is included here because of its obvious
value as a madrigal dinner processional or concert opener.
While this is virtually a straight-forward transcription, I
placed a couple of quirky rhythms in toward the end for
added interest. Percussion may be added ad libitum.
The flutes could be replaced by two violins, two recorders,
two oboes, etc.
On this day children's voices
joyfully praising him who has been born,
given by Almighty God and created
from the womb of a virgin
He was born into the world, wrapped in swaddling clothes,
and placed in the manger in a cattle shed,
the Lord of the heavens who destroyed Hell.
Three wise men came asking for the Child;
they worshipped Him, following a star,
and offered him gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
Let all the clerics, and likewise the boys, sing like the
"You have come into the world;
therefore I pour out lavish praises to you:
Glory to God in the highest!"