Christmas Cantata “In dulci jubilo”


Christmas Cantata “In dulci jubilo”


Original compositions

Christmas Cantata “In dulci jubilo” in baroque style for soloists, choir, strings and basso continuo.

Nr.1 CORO Nun singet und jauchzet

(2021) [06:40]


Nr.3 ARIA Fürchtet euch nicht
for soprano, violin and basso continuo

(2021) [07:50]


Nr.5 CORO Ehre sei Gott

(2021) [03:00]


Nr.7 ARIA Ihr Hirten kommet
for tenor, viola and basso continuo

(2021) [05:00]

Nr.8 CORALE In dulci jubilo

(2021) [01:10]

Instumentation: soloists (soprano and tenor), choir (SATB), strings and basso continuo
Dedication: MaxVokal München
First performance | performers: 30.01.2022 – Bürgersaalkirche in Munich – Judith Hesping, soprano –  Gerhard Hölzle, tenor – Dieter Sauer, violin – Laurence Traiger, viola – Chamber choir MaxVokal – orchestra MaxVokal – Konstantin Esterl, organ – direction: Gerald Häußler.
Edition: not edited work
Description: This Christmas cantata came to light during the course of a week in my private composition course. After a series of lessons with my teacher Prof. Laurence Traiger dedicated to the analysis of some musical forms of the Baroque period, I had the idea of experimenting first hand what many of the musicians of the time used to do week by week, preparing in a short time a composition to be performed the following Sunday. So I set to work preparing the texts of the cantata inspired by Christmas, and in particular, the birth of Jesus, and using at the end of the cantata one of my favourite Christmas chorales, “In dulci jubilo”, which gives the cantata its name. The chorale melody also appears at the end of the opening chorus. The entire composition is in the Baroque style and therefore uses compositional patterns and forms typical of that period. This cantata was also composed as part of a scholarship programme of the German Ministry of Culture and Information to encourage musicians and composers to write compositions for a smaller, more suitable workforce.
Hence the choice of a small ensemble.

(From the programme of the first performance)


> here you can download the programme< with the text of the cantata in German and the Italian translation