Hans Leo Hassler (1562-1612): Verbum caro factum est

Hassler’s six-part motet was published in Augsburg in 1591 in Cantiones sacrae de festis praecipuis totius anni Its text is from John 1:14 and it’s sung both during Christmas Matins, and for the Annunciation. There are quite a few voice configurations possible SSAATB, SSATBB, SSATTB, AATTBB and SAATTB and is very Italianate in style as you might expect from a pupil of Andrea Gabrieli. It’s sung below by one of my favourite German cathedral choirs. Enjoy :-).

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Video Source: Hassler: Verbum caro factum est – YouTube. Uploaded on Dec 24, 2010 by ChoereAmDomFD

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