Ecce Novum

SATB, piano, optional string quartet
Lyrics: Anon.
Language: Latin
Duration: 4:15

 

The premiere recording of Ecce Novum is featured on my Winter Songs album (Decca Classics, 2017), performed by the Choir of Royal Holloway and 12 Ensemble.

 

Link to the album: Winter Songs

 

Translation:
Behold, a new joy,
Behold, a new wonder!
A Virgin, who knew not a man,
Bears a son.
She knew not a man,
but as the pear-tree bears the pear,
The flourishing papyrus brings
The lily from the soil.
See how nature Changes her laws!
A pure virgin bears The son of God.