“Gaudete, Christus natus est” is a medieval carol published in the 1582 collection of Finnish and Swedish sacred songs, Piae Cantiones.
The carol is a song of praise comprising a two-line refrain, or burden, alternating with four-line verses. The Latin text of the burden, “Gaudete, gaudete! Christus natus est ex Maria Virgine. Gaudete!” translates as “Rejoice, rejoice! Christ is born of the Virgin Mary. Rejoice!”
Interestingly, Piae Cantiones provides no music for the verses, but the standard tune appeared in other songbooks. Although verses would typically be sung by a solo voice or unison voices, this arrangement attempts to evoke something of the medieval technique of organum, with two, three and four voices in parallel intervals on the second, third and fourth verses.
This video is a demo of the sheet music available from Con Spirito Music. Visit conspiritomusic.com.