It has become a tradition here on the OM to post the complete Mass for Christmas Morning by Michael Praetorius on….uh…Christmas morning. Technically, it’s not all his composition but rather Paul McCreesh’s recreation of a Christmas morning church service in what would have been an extremely wealthy parish in Germany around 1620 complete with congregational singing.
This hymn, In Dulci Jubilo is the finale and one of the few pieces in all of music ever that deserves the adjective glorious. Miss Mussel has listened to this is a hundred times and still the final flourish sparkles brightly enough to singe her eyebrows slightly.
Sadly, the Paul McCreesh version isn’t on Youtube. This brass band version captures some of the sloppy joyfulness of the that record.
Frere Mussel is back on the calendar starting tomorrow. Way hay!