Medieval Music & Plays
Statuit ei Dominus
Old Roman Chant of introit for the Feast of St. Nicholas
Three Medieval St. Nicholas Carols
Make ye merry, as ye may, Early English Carol
Alle maydenis, for Godes grace, Early English Carol
Sing today voices of the church, translated from 12th century Latin
Dominican Diurnal Propers for the Feast of St. Nicholas, Latin
Medieval Music for Saint Nicholas
Ensemble Peregrina Agnieszka Budzinska-Bennett
27 tracks with medieval music from the 12th to 15th centuries; voice, medieval harps, and vielle
Daar wordt aan de deur geklopt
Dutch Sint-Nicolaas music from the middle ages and the Dutch renaissance of the 16th and 17th centuries. The recording follows both the life of Nicholas and the development of song. 2-CD set with 34 songs.
Purchase from Hemony CD
Legends of St. Nicholas
Harmonia Mundi CD 907232
Outstanding recording of several legends, highly recommended
Purchase from Harmonia Mundi
The Fleury Playbook: I, Four twelfth-century Saint Nicholas liturgical dramas
Edited by Wyndham Thomas
Antico Edition MCM4
The four plays:
Tres Filie (The Three Daughters)
Tres Clerici (The Three Scholars)
Iconia Sancti Nicholai (The Image of St Nicholas)
Filius Getronis (The Son of Getron or the Golden Cup)
Purchase from Antico Edition
Nicolaus: Ufficio Liturgico di San Nicola vesocovo di Myra
Liturgical Office of St. Nicholas Bishop of Myra in the 13th century Bari Cathedral
Tactus CD 1000004
Complete liturgical office of the saint
2003 Remastered and re-edited from 1995 and 1996 recordings
Contains English mystic Godric’s (c. 1070-1170) very short St Nicholas. His three surviving songs are the earliest written in what has become the English language.
St Nicholas, Godes druth timbray us faire scone hus
At thee burthe at thee bare St Nicholas, bring us well thare
St. Nicholas, God’s beloved, build us a wondrous place to dwell.
At the time of birth, and at the time of death, St. Nicholas bring us safely there.
Link to video live from London Christmas
Purchase from Anúna
Gregorian Chants from Medieval Hungary:
Magyar Gregoriánum 5
Hungaroton Classic HCD 12169
Includes O Pastor aeteme, a two-part rundellus of St Nicholas, and Nicolai solemnia, a three-part Benedicamen of St Nicholas
These two fine examples of 15th century Hungarian polyphony demonstrate Nicholas’ Hungarian popularity. Notes and text in English, French, German, and Hungarian.
La Nuit Saint Nicholas
La Reverdie Cantori Gregoriani
ARCANA CD 750
Superb music of the traditional liturgical office
Les Miracles de Saint Nicolas
Ensemble Venance Fortunat
Harmonia Mundi ED 13013
Two 12th century liturgical plays: The Spoiled Jew and the Three Scholars. Notes in French and English. Recording in French, excellent, rare
Les Miracles de Saint Nicolas
L’empreinte digitale ED13153
Two 12th century liturgical plays: The Spoiled Jew and the Three Scholars. Notes in French and English.
Summer Is Icumen In
Medieval English Songs
The Hilliard Ensemble
Harmonia Mundi CD 19511154
Includes St. Godric’s very short “Sainte Nicolas”
The Play of St. Nicholas:
A 12th-Century Liturgical Drama
New York Ensemble for Early Music
Frederick Renz, Director, recorded in St. James Chapel,
Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1981
Musical Heritage Society CD 523742L set of 2 CDs
Excellent recording of an authentic medieval play
The Play of St. Nicholas:
A 12th Century Liturgical Drama
New York Ensemble of Early Music
recorded in Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Musical Heritage Society MHS 824437 LP
Excellent recording of an authentic medieval play, 2-record set of the above CDs
Plays of St. Nicholas
Hungaroton CD 12887-88
Superb recording of some legends in chant
The Solemn Mass Held in San Nicolò
from “LO SPOSALIZIO: The Wedding of Venice to the Sea”
Music by Giovanni & Andrea Gabrieli and Others
Choir of the King’s Consort
Hyperion CDA 67048
From the 11th century, Venetians offered special prayers to San Nicolò, the patron saint of mariners, on Ascension Day. By the 16th and 17th centuries, this was a glorious day-long ceremony which began with a simple mass at the Basilica San Marco, moved through a water procession for the wedding of Venice to the Sea, and culminated with a Solemn Mass at the monastery church of San Nicolò at Lido.
Ludi Sancti Nicolai
The Miracles of Saint Nicolaus
Studio der Frühen Musik
Ensemble Vocale Guillaume Dufay
EMI Classics 7243 8 265009 2 8 (1978)
Four miracles of Saint Nicholas were adopted for presentation as plays during the Middle Ages. Two, Three Daughters and The Icon of Saint Nicholas, are included here.
English Songs of the Middle Ages
Saintë Nicholas, Godes druth
EMI CDC 7 49192 2 (1988)
Three songs by Godric: Saintë viergeneë, Crist and Saintë Marië, and Saintë Nicholas, Godes druth
St. Nicholas, God’s darling graciously prepare for us beautiful dwellings.
By the merits of they birth, by the merits of thy bier,
St. Nicholas, bring us safely there.
San Nicola di Bari
Composer: Giovanni Bononcini, 1693
Oratorio for four voices with concertino and groso
Ramée RAM 0806 LC13839(2008)
The oratorio treats one scene from Nicholas’ early life: the conversion of a fellow student. There are four characters, Nicholas, his mother and father, and the student. Near the end the student, Clizio, states, “If at so young an age you know how to cure the hurt of others’ souls, what will you do as the years pass? A mysterious voice foretells to me your works; and with accents of presage I hear it tell my heart that it will be your way to work wonders.” Text in English, German and French.
Klanken rond Sint Nicolaas
Henk van Benthem
Schola Cantorum Amsterdam
Kemper Conseil Publishing
Twelve Saint Nicholas songs, from ancient songs sung in church to modern well-known songs sung by school children.
Congaudentes exultemus, the most popular sequence, from the middle ages is included.
Il Coro Vocilassù canta St. Nicholas by St. Godric, arranged Michael McGlynn
Live recording 18.12.2012 - St. Stefano - Reggio Emilia - Italy Dir. A. Saielli
St Nicholas, Godes druth
timbray us faire scone hus
At thee burthe at thee bare
St Nicholas, bring us well thare
St. Nicholas, God’s beloved,
build us a wondrous place to dwell.
At the time of birth, and at the time of death,
St. Nicholas bring us safely there.
Congaudentes exsultemus: transcription
Listen to Congaudentes exsultemus, scroll down to click on “Congaudentes exsultemus”
Naufragantes visita/ Navigatrix inclita/ Aptatur a recently discovered rotulus in a Dorset manor house. They contain four motets, this one pleads both to St Nicholas, patron saint of sailors and to the Virgin Mary, star of the sea, to intercede as protectors and guides of seafarers. Further archival information, with image of the rotulus.
Transcription and music file links from Sint-Nicolaasliederen by Henk van Benthem, Kemper Conseil Publishing, 2008.