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Salve festa dies (Christoph Dalitz, 2012)

The hymn "Salve festa dies" is based on excerpts from Venantius Fortunatus' poem "Tempora florigero rutilant distincta sereno". Examples for medieval Easter and Ascension hymns gained from this poem can be found in (see pp. 79ff) Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi II (Leipzig, 1907), and examples for Whitsuntide can be found in (see pp. 29ff) Analecta Hymnica Medii Aevi VII (Leipzig, 1903). An English translation of the Easter version can be found at CatholicCulture.org.

I have made a polyphonic setting only for the chorus, which should by sung in alternation with the monophonic stanzas. The written pitch corresponds to the church tone of the original chant and does not require any accidentals. For practical use with mixed voices, the piece should be transposed to the most convenient tessitura, e.g. a minor third up for SAT, a whole tone down for ATB, or a fifth up for SSA.


Please drop me an email if you need a transposed edition for practizing purposes.