PUER NOBIS NASCITUR

Composer: Michael Praetorious

Michael Praetorius (probably February 15, 1571 – February 15, 1621) was a German composer, organist, and music theorist. He was one of the most versatile composers of his age, being particularly significant in the development of musical forms based on Protestant hymns, many of which reflect an effort to improve the relationship between Protestants and Catholics. He was born Michael Schultze, the youngest son of a Lutheran pastor, in Creuzburg, in present-day Thuringia. After attending school in Torgau and Zerbst, he studied divinity and philosophy at the University of Frankfurt (Oder). After receiving his musical education, from 1587 he served as organist at the Marienkirche in Frankfurt. From 1592/3 he served at the court in Wolfenbü… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Michael Praetorious
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Incipit: 11234 32115 55671
Key: D Major
Source: Latin carol, 16th cent.; European tune, 15th century
Copyright: Public Domain

Notes

PUER NOBIS is a melody from a fifteenth-century manuscript from Trier. However, the tune probably dates from an earlier time and may even have folk roots. PUER NOBIS was altered in Spangenberg's Christliches GesangbUchlein (1568), in Petri's famous Piae Cantiones (1582), and again in Praetorius's (PHH 351) Musae Sioniae (Part VI, 1609), which is the basis for the triple-meter version used in the 1987 Psalter Hymnal. Another form of the tune in duple meter is usually called PUER NOBIS NASCITUR. The tune name is taken from the incipit of the original Latin Christmas text, which was translated into German by the mid-sixteenth century as "Uns ist geborn ein Kindelein," and later in English as "Unto Us a Boy Is Born." The harmonization is from the 1902 edition of George R. Woodward's (PHH 403) Cowley Carol Book.

PUER NOBIS is a splendid tune in arch form that lifts and then propels itself along to its final note. Try having the choir sing stanzas 1 and 2 in unison. Then all could sing stanzas 3 and 4 in unison with the choir providing the harmony. Stanza 4 could also be sung in canon at one measure, with either a strictly unison accompaniment or one composed to accommodate the canon. All worshipers could sing stanza 5 in unison again. Use a rather light organ registration, but change to a full one for stanza 5.

--Psalter Hymnal Handbook, 1988

Media

Christian Classics Ethereal Hymnary #778
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The Cyber Hymnal #111
Text: All Praise to Thee, Eternal Lord
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The Cyber Hymnal #1068
Text: Come, Thou Redeemer of the Earth
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The Cyber Hymnal #3405
Text: Joy Dawned Again on Easter Day
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The Cyber Hymnal #3927
Text: The Lord Is Come (Watts)
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The Cyber Hymnal #4918
Text: O God, Thou Giver of All Good
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The Cyber Hymnal #6543
Text: That Eastertide with Joy Was Bright
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The Cyber Hymnal #6867
Text: To Shepherds as They Watched by Night
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The Cyber Hymnal #7295
Text: What Star Is This, with Beams So Bright?
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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #327
Text: On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
Worship and Rejoice #144
Text: O Splendor of God's Glory Bright
Worship and Rejoice #156
Text: On Jordan's Bank the Baptist's Cry
Worship and Rejoice #244
Text: O Love, How Deep, How Broad
Worship and Rejoice #299
Text: That Easter Day with Joy Was Bright

Instances

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Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #109
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #328
Ambassador Hymnal: for Lutheran worship #337
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #32Text
Ancient and Modern: hymns and songs for refreshing worship #316Text
Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #590
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Anglican Hymns Old and New (Rev. and Enl.) #782
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Chalice Hymnal #251
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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #5
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Christian Worship: a Lutheran hymnal #53TextPage Scan
Church Hymnary (4th ed.) #451TextPage Scan
Common Praise (1998) #155Text
Common Praise (1998) #628
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #49Page Scan
Common Praise: A new edition of Hymns Ancient and Modern #243Page Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary #106TextPage Scan
Evangelical Lutheran Worship #249TextAudioPage Scan
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Evangelical Lutheran Worship #399
Gather (3rd ed.) #461Page Scan
Gather (3rd ed.) #542Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive #378TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive #445TextPage Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #389Page Scan
Gather Comprehensive, Second Edition #461
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Glory to God: the Presbyterian Hymnal #254Text InfoTextFlexscoreAudioPage Scan
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Lutheran Worship #52
Lutheran Worship #81Text
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Presbyterian Hymnal: hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs #474TextPage Scan
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Rejoice in the Lord #76TextPage Scan
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Rejoice in the Lord #313TextPage Scan
Rejoice in the Lord #314TextPage Scan
Renew! #110
Renew! #283
Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal #129
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Sing the Faith #2121
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The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #241
The Cyber Hymnal #111TextScoreAudio
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The Cyber Hymnal #3405TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #3927TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #4918TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6543TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #6867TextScoreAudio
The Cyber Hymnal #7295TextScoreAudio
The Faith We Sing #2121
The New Century Hymnal #57
The New Century Hymnal #241Text
The New English Hymnal #19bTextPage Scan
The New English Hymnal #181bTextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #27TextPage Scan
The Worshiping Church #136TextFlexscorePage Scan
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Together in Song: Australian hymn book II #194
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Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #379
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Voices United: The Hymn and Worship Book of The United Church of Canada #445Text
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Worship (3rd ed.) #407TextPage Scan
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Worship (4th ed.) #448
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Worship and Rejoice #144TextScoreAudio
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Worship Supplement 2000 #702
Include 31 pre-1979 instances



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