4 children's voices/soprano voice, (SS)ATTB choir, [instrument], basso continuo
Composed by Michael Praetorius. Edited by Uwe Wolf. Stuttgart Urtext Edition. Instrument 3. Sacred vocal music. Single Part, Instrument 3. 4 pages. Duration 7 minutes. Carus Verlag #CV 10.030/13. Published by Carus Verlag (CA.1003013).
ISBN 9790007189426. Text language: German.
This late work by Michael Praetorius is characterized by a combination of the new Italian style with the Protestant chorale. The Puericinium, which appeared in 1621, the year of Praetorius' death, has a music-pedagogical component. Four children's voices (who would have been boys in Praetorius' time), ideally spread around the four corners of the church, sing the chorale line by line in turn, interrupted and ended with tutti passages in which an adult choir joins. The whole piece is accompanied by basso continuo and a four-part instrumental ensemble ad lib. The magnificent Komm heiliger Geist, Herre Gott is still suitable for performance by a children's choir and adult choir today; although adult sopranos would not have sung in church choirs in Praetorius' time, they can join in the melody line in the tutti passages. Score and part available separately - see item CA.1003000.