Os nace un Cordero

Os nace un Cordero
Composer
Adrienne Inglis
Composer Nationality
American
Composer Date of Birth
1960
Text
Santa Teresa de Jesús de Ávila
Year Composed
2021
Pages
16
Minutes
3:40
Difficulty
3 (Advanced high school collegiate or community chorus)
Language
Spanish
Voicing
4 part mixed chorus
Divisi
No
Instruments
Piano; Harp
Extended Techniques
No
Sacred or Secular
Sacred
Mood
Joyful; Rhythmic, with steady energy; Inspiring
Description

Commissioned by Chorus Austin, Os nace un Cordero (Unto You a Lamb Is Born) sets excerpts from the Spanish poem “Pastores que veláis” by Santa Teresa de Jesús de Ávila for SATB mixed chorus, piano, and harp. As angels announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds, Teresa foreshadows Jesus’ crucifixion by referring to him as Cordero (Lamb). She also affirms Jesus as the fully human (hombre también junto) and fully divine son of the sovereign God (Hijo de Dios Soberano). The piece opens with angels approaching from a distance singing “pastores” (shepherds) followed by joyful choral couplets. Several dualities weave together representing the oneness of the human and divine: harp and piano; Venezuelan joropo rhythm derived from Spanish dance; sixteenth century text and twenty-first century music; and major and Phrygian modes. Spanning cultures, oceans, and centuries, this music exuberantly announces the celebrated birth of Christ.

https://youtu.be/u8gTnpn3VuE?t=5485

Audio Credit
Chorus Austin
Group
Inversion Ensemble
Performances
Chorus Austin: 2021 Dec 18 Ryan Heller On a Winter's Eve