Personent Hodie

“Personent Hodie” (“Today, Let Earth Resound!”) is a Medieval German carol, ca. 1360, published in the Finnish hymnal/songbook Piae Cantiones (1582).

Gustav Holst (1874-1934) composed a choral setting of the tune in 1916, with text translated and paraphrased by his assistant, Jane M. Joseph. The first verse announces:

On this day, earth shall ring with the song children sing,
to the Lord, Christ our King,
born on earth to save us; him the Father gave us.
[Refrain]: Id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o-o-o, id-e-o, Gloria in excelsis Deo!

In this setting of “Personent Hodie” for concert band, the tune is presented first in a maestoso duple meter, echoing the processional feeling of Holst’s setting, then gives way to a joyful, spiritoso exploration of the tune in triple meter.

Piccolo, Flute 1-2, Oboe 1-2, Bassoon 1-2, Clarinet 1-3, Bass Clarinet, Alto Sax 1-2, Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trumpet 1-3, F Horn 1-2, Trombone 1-2, Bass Trombone, Euphonium (B.C. and T.C.), Tuba, Timpani, Bells, Chimes, Snare Drum, Tenor Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Triangle, Tambourine

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