Divinum Mysterium (arr Swearingen)

From Wind Repertory Project
James Swearingen

Thirteenth Century Plainchant arranged by James Swearingen

Subtitle: Of the Father's Love Begotten

General Info

Year: 2009
Duration: c. 3:45
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: C.L. Barnhouse
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $68.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.00


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Once in a great while, music is written in such a way that audience members find themselves so emotionally consumed that they are unable to express themselves with immediate applause at its conclusion. Noted composer James Swearingen has created a wonderful hymn setting that is full of emotion and, in a very reflective way, spiritually uplifting. A brief horn solo introduces thematic material that is very expressive and highly satisfying.

- Program Note from publisher

Commissioned by the Bexley Music Parents and dedicated to Jeffrey W. Schneider in honor of 28 years of service to the Bexley City Schools, Bexley, Ohio.

- Program Note from score

Of the Father's Heart Begotten, alternatively known as Of the Father's Love Begotten, is a Christmas carol based on the Latin poem Corde natus by the Roman poet Aurelius Prudentius, from his Liber Cathemerinon (hymn no. IX) beginning "Da puer plectrum."

The ancient poem was translated and paired with a medieval plainchant melody Divinum mysterium. Divinum mysterium was a "Sanctus trope" -- an ancient plainchant melody which over the years had been musically embellished. An early version of this chant appears in manuscript form as early as the 10th century, although without the melodic additions, and "trope" versions with various melodic differences appear in Italian, German, Galician, Bohemian and Spanish manuscripts dating from the 13th to 16th centuries.

Divinum mysterium first appears in print in 1582 in the Finnish song book Piae Cantiones, a collection of seventy-four sacred and secular church and school songs of medieval Europe compiled by Jaakko Suomalainen and published by Theodoric Petri.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

Commercial Discography


State Ratings

  • South Carolina: III


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  • New England Conservatory (Boston, Mass.) Massachusetts Youth Wind Ensemble (Michael Mucci, conductor) – 17 December 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Timothy M. Smith, conductor) – 11 December 2016

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