15th&16th-Century Christmas Music from Saxony

December 14, 2022, 10:00 pm

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Adoration of the Magi, detail, Hieronymus Bosch

Baroque&Before begins the holiday season with The Renaissance Men vocal ensemble, dedicated to the polyphonic vocal music of the 16th century. Tonight’s program is centered around the Christmas mass by the Meissen school cantor Wolfgang Figulus.

Tonight’s program of Christmas music from 15th & 16th-century Saxony was recorded December 1, 2021 in the Stiftskirche Bassum, a thirteenth-century church with both Romanesque and Gothic elements. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to offer this special Christmas edition of Baroque&Before as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Heinrich Isaac (c. 1450-55-1517)
Introitus: Puer Natus est nobis

Wolfgang Figulus (1525-1589)
Kyrie: Christe; Gloria: Qui tollis

Collecta: Sung prayer according to the Spangenberg-Graduale of 1545
Christmas Epistle: Sung reading according to the Spangenberg-Graduale of 1545
Alleluja: Dies sanctificatus
Sequence: Grates nunc omnes
Christmas Evangelium: Sung reading according to the Spangenberg-Graduale of 1545
Moteta: Hodie Christus natus est

Wolfgang Figulus
Credo from Missa ‘O admirabile commercium’; Post orationem: Ein Kindelein so löbelich

Prefation: Sung according to the Lossius Graduale of 1553

Wolfgang Figulus
Sanctus; Benedictus; Lord’s Prayer and polyphonic Amen; Agnus Dei from Missa ‘O admirabile commercium’
Virga Jesse floruit: Virga Jesse – Sause, liebes Kindelein; Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

Collection and Blessing (sung)

Closing Chant
Da Christus geboren war

The Rensaissance Men
Manfred Cordes, conductor