Lasst uns erfreuen

Arranged for 2x Trumpets, French Horn, 2x Trombones and Timp.

1 Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky (Brass)

Light's glittering morn bedecks the sky,
heaven thunders forth its victor-cry:
  Allleluia, alleluia!
The glad earth shouts her triumph high,
and groaning hell makes wild reply:
  Allleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


The hymn Light's glittering morn is translated from the 9th C. office hymn, Aurora lucis rutilat ("Dawn's light glitters") found in the Frankish Murbacher Hymnen. Because it is written in an Ambrosian meter, it is though be some scholars to have earlier antecedents though no earlier sources are known. The texts are in Latin with translations in Old High German formatted as interlinear glosses. The original eleven verses plus doxology have since been separated in the Roman Breviary into three separate hymns for use at Lauds, which is sung at daybreak; the current version is from John Mason Neale's translation, as found in the 2013 edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern, which compresses the original versification into a single, five-verse hymn.

This tune was the setting for the Easter hymn, Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr, which celebrates the resurrection narrative from the perspective of Mary. It first appeared in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623, ed. Friedrich Spee), and the setting quickly produced variants regarding the distribution of the alleluias. German literature usually attributes authorship of both the text and the tune to the collection's editor. As a poet and hymnologist, the attribution to him of the text is plausible; however there are no first-hand references to support an assertion of composition. Moreover, opening phrase comes from a 1525 hymn tune, GENEVAN 68 / OLD 113TH .[1]  Authoritative English language sources are devoid of the attribution. Originaly rendered in common time, in the 1906 English Hymnal, Ralph Vaughan Williams' harmonization was rendered in the now more familiar 6/4. (A thoroughly-researched discussion can be found on the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland website.)

1Daw, Carl P., Jr. Glory to God: A companion, Westminster John Knox Press, 2016 (Louisville KY), p.18.

2Axion estin, Wikipedia (retr. 2020)

3C. Michael Hawn, History of Hymns (UMC Discipleship Ministries): Saint Francis' "Canticle of the Sun" inspires 20th-century hymn

4Michael Martin, Aurora lucis rutliat, Thesaurus Precum Latinarum (website)

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