A Solis Ortus Cardine

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This is my first Christmas present to all of you on Newgrounds. By the way, the Acapella genre is missing from the selection, so I put it through to Easy Listening - Classical instead.

EDIT 24/12/2013 01:41: THERE IS A BUG ON THE AUDIO PORTAL. IF IT DOES NOT PLAY, SEE THIS THREAD http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1357375

The voice is mine, the song isn't. I sang this through hours of anger and uncertainty, deeply yearning for this to be a prayer as Christmastide was drawing near.

The title is Latin for 'From Lands That See the Sun Arise', and is a poem written by Coelius Sedulius (d. circa 450). It was originally an alphabetic poem, with each stanza beginning with a particular letter of the alphabet. You'll see in the link to the lyrics. The last stanza, the doxology -- the part that gives glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit -- was written by another author, AFAIK.

This plainchant is now sung around Christmastide.

The lyrics and translation can be found here --

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Very well done! I like how you accent the phrases. I always liked this kind of ecclesiastic chants. Years ago i also sang a lot of gregorian in a cathedrals choir.

Great piece and performance. Nothing more to say :D

I found it captivating to listen to.
I do get associations while listening. It does make me think.
This is a wonder. I don't have words.

My word, that was a swift upload.

No time to go in-depth on this one, I haven't even listened to the carol in its entirety. But despite the minor distraction of what sounds like background noise at the start (forgive me if it isn't), this is something I can well imagine echoing through a church or cathedral environment. Thinking back to the times I've had to attend Coventry Cathedral for services: that is a good thing. Both the atmosphere of those memories and this song is majestic and peaceful. The lone vocals remind me of Qui Manducat, another exceptional track by yourself.

Odd that this wasn't under Acapella...I thought it would have gone under 'Solo Instrument' otherwise (the same way Headphoamz put her song, Ascension, under that genre.)

Again, I hope you have a blessed Christmas and I look forward to more.

4.5 / 5

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4.97 / 5.00

Dec 23, 2013
8:38 PM EST
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4.8 MB
4 min 10 sec
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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.