Lasst uns erfreuen (Brass/Timp)

Cover LasstUns 5brPrologue
Verse 1 w brass  – Light's glittering morn
Verse 2 descant  – That Easter day with joy was bright
Verse 3 hymnal verse – He bade them see his hands, his side
Verse 4 free harmonization – Jesu, the king of gentleness
Bridge
Verse 5 w brass  – All praise be thine O risen Lord

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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. 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.

The tune was the setting for the Easter hymn, Lasst uns erfreuen herzlich sehr, which celebrates the resurrection narrative from the perspective of Mary. The anonymous tune first appeared in the Jesuit hymnal Ausserlesene Catholische Geistliche Kirchengesänge (Cologne, 1623, ed. Friedrich Spee), derived at least in part from earlier sources ( the opening phrase appeared a century earlier in Strassburger Kirchenampt, 1525, which evolved into the Genevan Psalter). The Cologne setting quickly produced variants regarding the distribution of the alleluiasA thoroughly-researched discussion of the tune's evolution into modern 6/4 format can be found on the Hymn Society of Great Britain and Ireland website.

 

Further reference on the tune
Daw, Carl P., Jr. Glory to God: A companion, Westminster John Knox Press, 2016 (Louisville KY), p.18.

 

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