“Resonet in Laudibus” (“Let the voice of praise resound”) is a Medieval carol known in Europe at least since its appearance in the Moosburg Gradual of 1360, and probably much earlier. Today, it is well-known as the tune accompanying the text of the traditional German carol, “Joseph Lieber, Joseph Mein” (“Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine”) and John Mason Neale’s “Christ Was Born on Christmas Day.”
“Resonet in Laudibus” appears in the Medieval songbook, Piae Cantiones (Pious Songs), compiled by the Finnish priest and headmaster Jaakko Suomalainen (aka Jacobus Finno, or “James the Finn”) and published in 1582. Ralph Vaughan Williams harmonized the tune and included it in the English Hymnal (1906), of which he was music editor.
The lovely, lilting “Resonet in Laudibus” is an ideal vehicle for this sonorous arrangement for brass quintet.
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