a nywe werke (ssa or ttb)


  • Catalog ID: S-132a
  • First Line: alleluya. . . a nywe werke is come on honde
  • Composer: Anonymous 4
  • Voicing: ssa or ttb
  • Accompaniment: a cappella
  • Language: Medieval English
  • Country: England, Sacred
  • Series: Anonymous Four
  • Other: 2000 holiday, christmas
  • Score: View Score
  • Sound: Listen


This joyful carol has a double burden or refrain (the first in two-voice texture, the second in three-voice texture), which is to be sung consecutively as a unit at the beginning of the carol.  The second, three-voice burden is sung between the verses and at the end of the carol.

During the high Middle Ages (the twelfth through fourteenth centuries), poets and musicians of the British Isles produced a vast array of songs, ballads, carols, and liturgical works on the topics of the incarnation and the virgin birth.  The number of these pieces is so large that it sometimes seems as if the British invented the celebration of Christmas. 

On Yoolis Night is published in three separate octavos: no. 1: hodie christus natus est / a nywe werk(S-132a); no. 2: ther is no rose of swych vertu(S-132b); no. 3: owt of your slepe aryse(S-132c).  Significant historical and performance information is included in each octavo.

Audio samples from ”On Yoolis Night” used by arrangement with harmonia mundi usa, CD HMU 907099.  audio clip is from no. 2: ther is no rose