Eya Pueri: A Medieval Christmas

A note for non-members: We are honored to make our "classic" shows available to any who wishes to listen.

No membership is required. Simply click ▶️ (play) below to listen and enjoy this classic show.

To view more of our classic shows, click here.

Program: #02-51   Air Date: Dec 23, 2002


As we have done since 1979, we will have a quiet all-musical celebration of the season of Christ's birth.

Preservation of this program is made possible by a generous grant from Dana Wipperman.

Note: As we have done since 1979, we present a quiet celebration dedicated to music for Christmas. Our 2002 program uses a single disc: Eya pueri, featuring the Discantus Ensemble directed by Brigitte Lesne. Since much music for the events of the Twelve Days centered on children (particularly the Feast of the Holy Innocents on December 28, the Feast of the Circumcision on January 1, and Epiphany on January 6), there is also featured the children's ensemble Coro Easo directed by Xalba Rallo.

The music on this record is taken from the Office of Sens (organized in the late 12th century by Pierre de Corbeil),Beauvais, Notre Dame de Paris, St. Martial in Limoges, Moosburg (Germany) and Cividale (Italy).

Discantus records on the Opus 111 label  (CD # OP 30207) and is distributed by Harmonia Mundi.

  1. Hec est clara dies (The day is resplendent).
  2. Procenti puero (For the child approaching).
  3. Deus in adiutorium (God, come to our aid).
  4. Antiphon: Hodie Christus natus est (Today Christ is born).
  5. Serena virginum (Serenest of virgins).
  6. Responsory: Verbum caro factum est (The Word was made flesh).
  7. Conductus: Natus est hodie dominus (The Lord is born this day).
  8. Responsory: Te laudant angeli (The angels praise you).
  9. Nicholaus pontifex (Bishop Nicholas--for St. Nicholas' Day).
  10. Conductus: Nicholai solemnia (For the Feast of St. Nicholas).
  11. Exultet hec contio, Nicholaus (Let our assembly rejoice).
  12. Sequence: Beata tu virgo Maria (You are blessed, O Virgin Mary).
  13. Antiphon: Ecce Maria genuit (Behold Mary has given birth).
  14. Conductus: Verbum patris humanatur (The Word of the Father is made man).
  15. Troped Gradual: Viderunt Emmanuel (They saw Emmanuel, the Father's only-begotten Son).
  16. Antiphon & Trope: Magnum nomen domini Emmanuel (The great glory of the Lord, Emmanuel).
  17. Conductus: Quanto decet honore (With all necessary praise).
  18. Benedicamus domino trope: Castitatis lilium effloruit (The pure lily has flowered).
  19. Introit: Lux hodie, lux leticie (Today the light is one of rejoicing).
  20. Conductus: Orientis partibus (From the Orient came the ass).
  21. Annus novus in gaudio (May the New Year).
  22. Sanctus trope: Perpetuo numine (You who rule over the universe).
  23. Benedicamus domino trope: Patris eterni filio (Son of the eternal Father).
  24. Conductus: Lux optata claruit (The longed-for light shines forth).
  25. Benedicamus domino--Alleluya (Thanks be to God).

CD Info

CD # OP 30207.

Note: The contact information in this episode may be out-of-date. You can contact us at this current link.

Thank you for listening to this show! If you enjoyed what you heard, click here to become a subscriber.

You’ll support our continuing mission to showcase early music, and you’ll gain access to our vast and unique selection of shows.