Puer Natus

Cois Cladaigh launched its first cd “Lux Aeterna” in September 2000 which was recorded in St. Mary’s Church, Tuam, Co. Galway and in November 2008, launched 3 cds called “An Equal Music” recorded in Ballintubber Abbey, Co. Mayo, “Beatus Vir”, a live recording of a concert in St. Fin Barre’s, Cork and this cd which is a selection of Christmas music recorded in St. Nicholas’ Collegiate Church in Galway.
Cois Cladaigh has developed a special relationship with St. Nicholas’ Church – it has performed most of its concerts there and also uses the church for visiting choirs to give their recitals. Its varied spaces, acoustic characteristics and the organ make it a wonderful venue for choral concerts.

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Lux Aeterna - Cover



Soundfiles about 10 seconds long
Puer natus in Bethlehem


Track 1
Videte Miraculum Thomas Tallis Track 2
Riu, riu, chiu

Mateo Flecha the Elder

Track 3
Omnes de Saba Roland Lassus Track 4
Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil trad. Irish, arr. Eamonn Ó Gallchobhair Track 5
Sleep, my Baby Dear Mary McAuliffe Track 6
The Fader of Heven Peter Maxwell-Davis Track 7
Coinnle ar lasadh Maria Judge Track 8
O Nata Lux Thomas Tallis Track 9
Gabriel’s Message Eleanor Daley Track 10
A Christmas Carol Charles Ives Track 11
Rejoice and sing this Christmas morn Eleanor Daley Track 12
Pueri concinite Johann von Herbeck Track 13
Julvisa Jean Sibelius Track 14
Puer natus est nobis Javier Busto Track 15
Weihnachten Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Track 16
A Christmas Medley trad. arr. Joseph Jennings Track 17


Puer Natus - Plainchant

Possibly from a 14th century Benedictine processional from the monastery of St. Georg, Hradlisch, near Olmütz in the Czech Republic.

Videte Miraculum - Thomas Tallis

Videte miraculum matris Domini; concepit virgo virilis ignara consortii;
Stans onerata nobili onere Maria, et matrem se laetam cognoscit quae se nescit uxorem.

Chant 1.Haec speciosum forma prae filiis hominum castis concepit visceribus,
Et benedicta in aeternum Deum nobis protulit et hominem.
Chant 2.Gloria Patri et Filio et Spiritui Sancto.

Tomas Tallis was one of England’s foremost 16th century composers who wrote monumental polyphonic works. In this 6-part setting of Videte miraculum, he initially sets the entire text and follows this by the first piece of plainchant. The singers then go back to the text starting at “Stans onerata...” and sing to the end of the text. This is followed by the second piece of chant, the Great Doxology. The piece ends with the choir starting at the words “et matrem...”

Riu, riu, chiu - Mateo Flecha the Elder

Riu, riu, chiu translates as God, keep the wolf away from our sheep. Some also suggest it might be taken to mean God, keep the devil away from our souls.
Music in the early Renaissance was rich in the Christmas theme and this rhythmically exciting piece is one such example.

Omnes de Saba - Orlando di Lasso

Omnes de Saba venient, aurum et thus deferentes et laudem Domino annuntiantes. Alleluia.
Reges Tharsis et insulae munera offerent. Reges Arabum et Saba dona adducent. Alleluia.

Lassus was a hugely prolific composer and wrote in many different styles. This setting for double choir shows off his polyphonic style with the 2 choirs sometimes singing as 8 voices or in statement and response mode. An uplifting “Alleluia” brings this piece to a close.

Don Oíche Úd i mBeithil - trad. Irish, arr. Eamonn Ó Gallchobhair

The Christmas story as told in Irish and sung by Cois Cladaigh’s women.

Sleep, my Baby Dear - Mary McAuliffe

This is a lullaby from a mother to her dear child. McAuliffe wrote both the music and the text for this 3 verse piece which tells the story of Christ’s birth from the Virgin Mary’s perspective as she gently rocks her new born baby to sleep.

The Fader of Heven - Peter Maxwell Davis

The Fader of Heven, God omnipotent that sett alle on seven, His Son has He sent.
My name couthe he neven and light or he went, I conceived hym full; even thrugh might as he ment.
And now is He born. He kepe you from wo; I shall pray Him so;
Telle furth as ye go, And myn on this morn.


Coinnle ar lasadh

The poet describes how candles will be lit in houses on an island (Inishmór) on the west coast of Ireland to celebrate Christmas. Except for a few notes, Judge has set the words to music with a strongly traditional feel to it. This recording was made at the 47th Cork International Choral Festival.

O Nata Lux - Thomas Tallis

As for Videte miraculum, Tallis interjects 5-part-writing with plainchant.

Gabriel’s Message - Eleanor Daley

Daley’s writing style is very accessible and in this setting of the well known text, she demonstrates her skills in using different groupings of voices for each verse resulting in an exultant overall effect.

A Christmas Carol - Charles Ives

Little star of Bethlehem, do we see thee now do we see thee shining o’er the tall trees?
Little Child of Bethlehem do we hear thee in our hearts?
Hear the angels singing: “Peace on earth, goodwill to men, Noel.”

O’er the cradle of a King hear the angels sing ”In excelsis Gloria, Gloria”
From His Father’s home on high lo! For us He came to die.
Hear the angels sing:“Venite adoremus Dominum”.

Ives who is best known for his experimental music, shows the more traditional and melodic side to his compositional skills.

Rejoice and sing this Christmas morn - Eleanor Daley

This piece bursts with joy and you can hear the long reverberation of St. Nicholas’ acoustic at the end of this piece.

Pueri concinite - Johann von Herbeck

Pueri concinite, nato Regi psallite, voce pia dicite, apparuit, quem genuit Maria.
Sunt impleta quae praedixit Gabriel. Eja, Virgo Deum genuit,
Quem divina voluit clementia.
Hodie apparuit in Israel, ex Maria Virgine, natus est Rex. Alleluia.

Von Herbeck sets the text for soloist with accompaniment. This text is then repeated by 4 part choir with the soloist on descant.

Julvisa - Jean Sibelius

A traditional Scandinavian melody set for solo voice and 4 part choir.

Puer natus est nobis - Javier Busto

Puer natus est nobis
et Filius datus est nobis;
cujus imperium super humerum ejus,
et vocabitur nomen eius,
magni consilii Angelus.
Cantate Domino canticum novum,
quia mirabilia fecit.


Weihnachten - Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Rejoice you good people on earth, the Saviour has appeared s the Lord
promised. Alleluia! (original in German)
Set for 8 part choir, the text sets the music content of this short piece.

A Christmas Medley - trad. arr. Joseph Jennings

Jennings set these snippets of 6 different Christmas spirituals for the virtuoso U.S. male voice ensemble Chanticleer.