Ad cantus laeticiae
Medieval Latin Hymn
See: Theodoric Petri, ed., Piae Cantiones Ecclesiasticæ Et Scholasticae Et Scholasticae Vetervm Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdiæ: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582).
Source: Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Piæ Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910) , #13, pp. 18-9. See Christmas Songs in Woodward's Piæ Cantiones (1910)
Ad cantus læticiae
nos inuitat hodie
spes et amor patriæ cœlestis.
Natus est Emanuel,
quod præ dixit Gabriel,
vnde Sanctus Daniel est testis.
Ergo nos cum gaudio,
nostra simul concio
benedicat Domino iubilo.
Also found in G. E. Klemming, ed., Piae Cantiones. S. Trinitas. Iesus Christus. S. Spiritus. S Maria. (1886), p. 11. He notes "P. C. 33." This refers to Piæ Cantiones (1582), p. 33.
Sheet Music from Theodoric Petri, ed., Piæ Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdiæ: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)
Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Piæ Cantiones. A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally Published in A. D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Nyland. (London: Printed at the Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910), Carol #13, pp. 18-19, Notes p. 228.
See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's Piæ Cantiones (1910)
Sheet Music from Richard R. Terry, Old Christmas Carols. Part One. (London: Burns, Oates & Washbourne Ltd., n.d., ca. 1923), Carol #36, p. 49.
Rev. Terry Notes:
Only Treble and Bass given in the original. Alto and Tenor added by the Editor. Words and music from Piæ Cantiones, 1582.
The version in Terry is virtually identical to the version on this page. There are minor capitalization and punctuation differences.
Notes by Rev. Woodward from Piæ Cantiones to XIII. Ad Cantus Laeticiae. pp. 228-229.
Quoted by Dreves ('Anal. Hymnica,' XX, No. 9, p.80) from four sources: Trop. MS. Cod. Stuttgartien., thirteenth century (A); Cod. Engelbergen., fourteenth century (B); Process. MS. Schonenbergense, 1533 (C); Cod. Berolinen. fifteenth century (D). Wackernagel (I, No. 390, p. 233) gives Christian Adolf's version, 1542 (E).
In Stanza I, A and B read Ad cantum; C, D, and E Ad festum.
Stanza II, ABCDE read quem prædixit.
Before Stanza III BCDE insert the quatrain, 'Ivdea gens misera | corde, verbis propera, | potes esse libera | si credit'; but E reads crede for corde, and in the fourth line C and E have si velis instead of si credis.
In the last stanza C, D, and E read Ergo nunc cum gaudio | nostra simul concio; B, Ergo nostra concio | psallens cum tripudio; A, Ergo nostra concio | summo cum tripudio.
Piæ Cantiones text is reprinted by Klemming, II, p. 11.
T. Nordlin ('Svensk Musik-historia,' 1901, p. 18) refers to Ad Cantus Lætitiæ as an early and interesting instance of Rondo-form music. In 'The Cowley Carol Book,' (1902), No. 40, this Cantio is set to English words ("Love and hope of heav'nly rest"), as well as to the Latin, Ad cantum leticie; the Latin text used there was from a XIII Century manuscript at Stuttgardt, the first and oldest version cited by Dreves, above. The Prima Vox starts there on the fourth beat of the first bar, and the Altera Vox on the first beat of the second bar.
In the Hypo-Ionian Mode.
Sheet music to "Ad Cantum Lætitiæ" from Woodward, The Cowley Carol Book (1922), #40, p. 56.
Some sources of Latin hymns found in Piae Cantiones:
Guido Maria Dreves and Clemens Blume, eds., Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi, Vol. 1. Cantiones Bohemicae. (Leipzig: O. R. Reisland, 1886).
Guido Maria Dreves and Clemens Blume, eds., Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi, Vol. 45b. Cantiones et Motetten des Mittelalters. (Leipzig: O. R. Reisland, 1904).
G. E. Klemming, ed., Piae Cantiones. S. Trinitas. Iesus Christus. S. Spiritus. S Maria. (1886). Primary source for many scholars, including Dreves, Woodward and others.
George Ratcliffe Woodward, Piae Cantiones: A Collection of Church & School Song, chiefly Ancient Swedish, originally published in A.D. 1582 by Theodoric Petri of Hyland. (London: Chiswick Press for the Plainsong & Medieval Music Society, 1910).
Sheet music for some hymns can be found in George Ratcliffe Woodward, The Cowley Carol Book, First & Second Series. Table Of Contents. (London: A. R. Mowbray & Co., Ltd., ca. 1902, 1912).
Translations of some carols can be found in John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, eds., Carols for Christmas-tide (London: Novello, 1853). By the same authors was Carols for Easter-tide (1854).
Translations and sheet music for some hymns can be found in Charles L. Hutchins, ed., Carols Old and Carols New (Boston: Parish Choir, 1916).
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