Of the Father’s Love Begotten

“Of the Father’s Love Begotten” is a hymn that pairs a text based on the Latin poem “Corde natus ex parentis” by the Roman poet Aurelius Prudentius (ca. 348-405) with a medieval plainchant melody, “Divinum mysterium” (Divine Mystery), from the 1582 Finnish song book Piae Cantiones. The text is a rich theological statement that speaks of the Son of God’s eternal nature, of creation, the fall of mankind into sin, the prophecies of a coming Messiah, the virgin birth and the incarnation of God, and salvation in Christ, concluding with stanzas of praise to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Here, four verses are presented, with traditional harmonies, extended chords and open intervals in parallel motion evoking both the ancient and modern. Includes versions in both E-flat major and F major. Verse 1: Male voice solo (baritone in E-flat version, tenor in F version); Verse 2: Soprano and alto in unison, thirds, and sixths; Verse 3: Full SATB; Verse 4: Tenor and soprano/alto alternating on melody and in harmony over baritone-bass in open fourths and fifths. Coda (Gloria Patri and Amen): SATB.

Requires at least six voices: Soprano 1-2, Alto, Tenor, Bass 1 (Baritone), Bass 2.

Reproducible SATB score (8.5×11″) – $12