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Song of the Nuns of Chester Publication Details
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  Catalogue Number -
PEL2098 SATB

Voicing/Instrumentation -
SATB Choir with
Organ accompaniment
optional handbells

Level of Difficulty - Easy


Uses/Season -
Christmas Concert,
Processional or Anthem
Duration -
4:30 mins

Pages Music -
9 pages - 16 page booklet

Sung in Latin
Format -
SATB/organ choral octavo

Copyright Year - 2016

Perusal Score PDF
SATB perusal only
 
 
Description/Remarks


PEL2098 Song of the Nuns of Chester
This song derives from a fifteenth-century manuscript containing the Processional of St Mary's, Chester, a medieval nunnery of which nothing now survives. 

This version of the song was arranged by Paul Halley for the University of King's College Chapel Choir for the concert series "A King's Christmas' in 2016, (see youtube video below). Sung in procession with handbells, the text and tune alternate between Tenors and Basses, and Sopranos and Altos, with a semi-chorus of antiphonal voices offering the 'Lully lu' text almost as a showering from heaven. This work presents a very medieval sounding and atmospheric choral procession, used as an introit in a liturgical setting or to open a concert, which can easily segue into a carol or hymn.

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Youtube video of this music on the University of King's College Chapel Choir channel - Paul Halley, director. "Song of the Nuns of Chester" arr. Halley from live recording of 'A King's Christmas 2016' - starts at 0:00:01 - four minutes to 0:04:20.

 

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Listen to live recording of "A King's Christmas 2016" performance below on youtube.
 
 
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  Text

Song of the Nuns of Chester

c.1430 Processional chant of the original convent of St. Mary’s, Chester

 

Qui creavit coelum,
Lully, lully, lu.
Nascitur in stabulo,
By, by, by, by, by
Rex qui regit seculum
Lully, lully, lu.

Joseph emit paniculum
Lully, lully, lu,
Mater involvit puerum
By, by, by, by, by,
Et ponit in praesepio
Lully, lully, lu.

Inter animalia
Lully, lully, lu,
Jacent mundi gaudia
By, by, by, by, by,
Dulcis super omnia
Lully, lully, lu.

Lactat mater Domini
Lully, lully, lu,
Osculatur parvulum
By, by, by, by, by,
Et adorat Dominum
Lully, lully, lu.

Roga mater filium
Lully, lully, lu,
Ut det nobis gaudium
By, by, by, by, by,
In perenni gloria
Lully, lully, lu.

In sempiterna saecula
Lully, lully, lu,
In eternum et ultra
By, by, by, by, by,
Det nobis sua gaudia
Lully, lully, lu.

From a fifteenth-century manuscript containing the Processional of St Mary's, Chester, a medieval nunnery of which nothing now survives. 




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