I decided during Advent to drill into the hymns in the Liturgia Horarum.
We continue our drilling with the hymn for the Office of Readings in the post-Conciliar Liturgia Horarum called Verbum supernum prodiens, with its unhappier variation from the 1632 reform which is used in the Breviarium Romanum.
I dissect this hymn, sing it in the Gregorian chant tone, and we hear different translations and many other musical versions.
Once again I ramble a great deal while digging into the meaning of the hymn.
I need to make a correction to something I mention in the PODCAzT. I once accidentally say "cursus declivus", wrong declension, rather than "decllivis". ARGH! Declivis, nominative, is "inclining downwards, sloping". That declivus grated on my ear, but it is too much work to correct the recording right now. I also made an edit to a comment about the use of the Nativity preface.
Sing the hymns! Buy a Liber Hymnarius!
Along the way you might hear these versions of Verbum supernum prodiens:
On yoolis night: medieval carols and motets – Anonymous 4
Christmas Lullaby – Kim Robertson
Noveaento – Coro Citta’ di Roma – Damijan Mocnik
Phos Hilaron – O heavenly Word – Paul Avgerinos (this is pretty "new age-ie", beware)
O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf, Op. 74, No. 2 – J. Brahms – Emerson String Quartet & Leon Fleisher
Tryin’ To Get Ready – O Heild reiss die Himmel auf – Janet Sullivan Whitaker
The iTunes feed is working. It stops and starts again… mysteriously. Beats me!
075 08-12-04 An Advent hymn dissected "Conditor alme siderum"; Fr. Z digresses far afield
074 08-11-26 A hymn to Christ the King dissected – before and after Vatican II; a proclamation; "Sieze the Day" in Scots
073 08-11-16 Augustine on Ps. 95(96) and Fr. Z on how to avoid going to Hell
072 08-11-11 The death of St. Martin; starlings, cuckolds, bell ringing and a skull
071 08-11-06 "Faith inscribed across your heart": Benedict on Cyril of Jerusalem & Cyril on faith, your treasure
070 08-11-01 Venerable Bede on All Saints; a collage; don Camillo (Part IV)
069 08-10-30 Augustine on Ps 103; Benedictines can sing!