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Pastorella: Offertory for Christmas

Parvulus filius / Behold the Little Child

Franz Schneider

Editor: Jane Hettrick

Translator: Jane Hettrick

English Tr. and Ed. © 2008 GIA.

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Vocal Forces: SATB

Accompaniment: Organ

Separate Instruments: Violin I, Violin II, Cello, Trombone I, Trombone II

Text Source: Isaiah 9:6, Latin Vulgate, alt.

Series: Ars Antiqua

Difficulty Level: M


The text, Isaiah 9:6, is found as the offertory for Christmas in the Roman Missal. The music is pure classical period—think Haydn, to whom this piece, incidentally, has been wrongly attributed. Scored for organ and choir, with three strings and two trombones, it includes both Latin and English texts. SATB.

GIA is pleased to offer this edited and translated version of the Christmas offertory "Parvulus filius" by Franz Schneider.  Based on research from the Melk archive of the Benedictine monastery in Lower Austria, Jane Hettrick has prepared a fantastic edition of this little-known historical gem.  The text is provided in both Latin and English, and a continuo of two violins, cello, and two trombones (which double the alto and tenor voices) is also available.  Editorial slurs and articulations are also provided.

Categories: Choral/Vocal

Seasonal: Christmastide

Liturgical: Christmas Vigil, Christmas Night, Christmas Dawn, Christmas Day

Rites: Preparation of the Gifts / Offertory

Bible Reference: Isaiah 9:6

Scored for: Brass, Mixed Ensemble, Strings

Style: Classical

Number of Pages: 16

Language: English; Latin

Format: Octavo