Jacob Handl (1550–1591): Resonet in laudibus

The printing of Resonet in laudibus in the 1582 Swedish songbook Piae Cantiones.

The printing of Resonet in laudibus in the 1582 Swedish songbook Piae Cantiones.

Handl was born in Slovenia and educated in both Melk and Vien­na. He asked for and got a sab­bat­ical and for the four years bet­ween 1575 and 1579 he wan­dered around Austria, Moravia, Bohemia and Silesia, living in monasteries and studying the music he heard on his travels tak­ing the op­por­tun­ity to "un­derstand the muse and meditate on the shep­herd’s pipe".  He wound up as can­tor of St Jan na Brzehu, Prague, where he re­mained until his death adding more pieces to his already vast output. His setting of Resonet in laudibus takes a Piae Cantiones tune that was already well-known and popular throughout the central European lands and adds some really rather beautiful harmonisation to it, the effect is delightful alas it’s all too brief. Enjoy :—).

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Jacob Handl (1550–1591): Resonet in laudibus

Resonet in laudibus cum iucundis plausibus
Sion cum fidelibus: apparuit quern genuit Maria.
Sunt impleta quae praedixit Gabriel.
Eia, virgo Deum genuit, quod divina voluit
dementia.
Hodie apparuit in Israel, ex Maria virgine est natus Rex.

Let Sion resound with the joyfui acclaim of the faithful: He whom Mary bore has appeared.
Gabriel’s prophesies have been fulfilled.
The Virgin has given birth to God as divine mercy willed.
Today a King has appeared in Israel, born of the Virgin Mary.

Performers: The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers

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