A Christmas Fable (Huub de Lange)

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  • (Posted 2012-08-17)  CPDL #26926:  (piano 2 hands version) Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif
Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2012-08-17).   Score information: A4, 13 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The MP3 files are a synthesized realisation of the music.
  • (Posted 2008-08-18)  CPDL #17933:  (piano 4 hands version) Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif
Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2008-08-18).   Score information: A4, 13 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The MP3 files are a synthesized realisation of the music.

General Information

Title: A Christmas Fable
Composer: Huub de Lange
Lyricist: Alice V. Stuart

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Languages: English, Latin
Instruments: Piano 2 hands or 4 hands

First published: 2006
  2nd published: 2012

Description: Number 2 of Christmas Songs. For Latin text see also O magnum mysterium. For more choral settings by Huub de Lange of poems by Alice V. Stuart see Four Stuart Songs and The Voice.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

What crew the cockerel
On Christmas morn?
It crew Christus natus est!
Loudly Christus natus est!
Gladly Christus natus est!
Christ, the Christ is born!

Quando, quando? quacked the duck.
When, O when? cried she.
In hac nocte, croacked the raven,
Humped upon a tree,
In hac nocte, in hac nocte,
This very night, quoth he.

Ubi, ubi? lowed the cow,
Where? she asked of them.
Ubi, ubi? None could tell,
Till a little lamb
Baa'ed out bravely, high and clear,
Bleated, Bethlehem.

Joyfully the donkey's voice
Answered lambkin so:
Eamus! said the ass's bray,
As all Christian men now say
Eamus! Let us go.