Conditor Alme Siderum


Conditor Alme Siderum (Creator of the Stars of Night) is the quintessential advent hymn.  During advent it is always sung at Roman Catholic vespers.  The organ version by Jean Titelouze (1563-1633) (MIDI file) will provide the prelude and postlude at this Sunday's Eucharist.  The congregation will sing the hymn during the offertory.

The French organ Mass is said to have reached its climax in François Couperin, Messe des paroisses pour les festes solemnelles.  Click to see and hear Michel Chapuis perform the Benedictus on the Riepp organ of the collegiate church of Notre-Dame in Dole.


For excerpts from Couperin’s other organ Mass, Messe des couvents de religieux et religiouses, click to see and hear Nuno Oliviera perform on the Flentrop organ of the Sé Patriarcal (cathedral) of Lisbon.  Click for the Offertoire sur les grands jeux.


Click for the Latin and English texts of Conditor Alme Siderum.  Click to hear Conditor Alme Siderum sung by the Dominican Friars of France in plainsong.  Click to see and hear Libera do its version.