The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ad cantus laeticiae

For Christmas

Medieval Latin Hymn

See: Theodoric Petri, ed., Piae Cantiones Ecclesiastic Et Scholasticae Et Scholasticae Vetervm Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdi: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582). 

Source: Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Pi 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 Pi Cantiones (1910)

Ad cantus lticiae
nos inuitat hodie
spes et amor patri clestis.

Natus est Emanuel,
quod pr 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 Pi Cantiones (1582), p. 33.

Sheet Music from Theodoric Petri, ed., Pi Cantiones Ecclesiasticae et Scholasticae Veterum Episcoporum. (Gyphisuualdi: Augustinum Ferberum, 1582)

Sheet Music and Notes from Rev. George R. Woodward, ed., Pi 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.

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See: The Christmas Songs in Woodward's Pi 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 Pi Cantiones, 1582.

Editor's Note:

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 Pi 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 prdixit.

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.

Pi Cantiones text is reprinted by Klemming, II, p. 11.

T. Nordlin ('Svensk Musik-historia,' 1901, p. 18) refers to Ad Cantus Ltiti 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 Ltiti" from Woodward, The Cowley Carol Book (1922), #40, p. 56.

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