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 :—).
Jacob Handl (1550–1591): Resonet in laudibus
Resonet in laudibus cum iucundis plausibus
Let Sion resound with the joyfui acclaim of the faithful: He whom Mary bore has appeared.
Performers: The Sixteen conducted by Harry Christophers