This rousing and pulsating work by Kevin Norbury forms part of the suite A Renaissance Christmas, also published by BrookWright Music. It is based on three popular carols – In Dulci Jubilo, Good Christian men, rejoice! and Ding-dong merrily on high.
This magnificent 13th-century melody was also a part of Michael Praetorius’s collection. It is traditionally associated with the words ‘Good Christian men, rejoice!’ The opening is a straight transcription of the great chorale prelude for organ by J.S.Bach. After the grandeur of the opening, the tune is heard in more of a ‘folky’ style. A lot of related melodic material is then presented before the tune Ding-dong merrily on high is heard. After another episode of previously used music In Dulci Jubilo reappears in a joyful conclusion to the piece.