Italian-born organist and composer Pietro Yon (1886-1943) wrote the carol “Gesu Bambino” in 1917 while engaged as organist at St. Francis Xavier Church in Manhattan, New York, and as organ instructor and co-director (with his brother, Constantino) of the Yon Music Studios, a conservatory for liturgical musicians at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
Yon was an acclaimed organist, later holding positions as “Titular Organist” of the Vatican and Music Director of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. He supervised installations of organs at both St. Patrick’s and Carnegie Hall. He was an influential teacher as well, with students occupying positions as organists and music directors at prominent churches in New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Grand Rapids, Dallas, Salt Lake City, and more.
Yon was among the most important composers of sacred music for the Roman Catholic Church in the first half of the twentieth century, writing 21 masses, numerous motets, and various other sacred works. In addition, he wrote works for solo organ and solo piano, songs, chamber music, and orchestral compositions including several concertos. His best-known work, however, is “Gesu Bambino,” which incorporates the “Venite adoramus” (“O come, let us adore him”) refrain of the carol, “Adeste Fideles” (“O Come All Ye Faithful”), as its refrain.
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