Jenkins ~ Gaudete Christus es Natus (2009)

Welsh composer Karl Jenkins takes a medieval Latin Christmas text and jazzes it up with modern harmonies, rhythmic syncopation, and unexpected chord changes.

Karl Jenkins
Karl Jenkins

Welsh composer Karl Jenkins (b. 1944) has been all over the map musically — rock, jazz, soundtracks, even television commercials. Here he takes a medieval melody and sacred Latin text (translated as “Praise, Christ is born”) and from there turns it inside-out by adding some unsettling rhythmic shifts and pungent harmonic changes.

This video of the Tenebrae Choir applies rock video techniques with quick scene changes, angular camera movements, and head-on shots of the singers.


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