O who loves Nicholas the saintly?

The next spiritual song for the hymnal project is the popular hymn to our holy father Nicholas, bishop and wonderworker:

O who loves Nicholas the saintly?

Follow this link for the current state of the discussion, covering the Slavonic text, a few possible tweaks the the English, a new verse, and possible harmonizations.  Add your thoughts using the comment block below!

(I will admit that the commenting mechanism not working out QUITE as well as I had hoped.  I am considering the option of having weekly working sessions, using a phone/web conference.  If so, they will be on Thursday evenings.)

Also – now is a really good time to add your suggestions for any additional Christmas hymns we should work on.

Hymnal Project: Spiritual Songs for the Nativity of the Lord

Please add your suggestions to the blog entry for the Nativity hymns, or send me a note at mci@archpitt.org. Thanks!


3 thoughts on “O who loves Nicholas the saintly?”

  1. Changing the 2nd line to: He who dwells in God’s holy mansions
    Is our help on the land and oceans…. : works well and is an easy change to learn.
    I like the Hilko version of the third phrase. Perhaps change the third vverse and credit Hilko as well as you suggest.
    …as to whether metered; quarter/half vs eighth/quarter. I would say quarter/half. Too often it is sung way too fast to harmonise (at least out west) I have heard recordings (where eighth/quarter notation might have prompted faster singing) that sounded almost a dirge though the harmony is tight. I will try to post on the FB discussion a simple harmony MP3 file that is 3 voices.

    1. The Slavonic and English of the Levkulic arrangement both do follow the rhyme pattern, only the last line is “Forever, forever/ Vo v’iki, vo v’iki” instead of “holy Father Nicholas” as the first two verses are.

  2. Regarding whether to write this out in quarters or halves as the main pulse, from my experience, if you write it out in quarters, people will take it a little faster; in halves, a little slower. It depends on the the character you think this hymn should have. I would have no problem if a meter was used. I always thought that eighth notes were barred when you have more than one note per syllable. The single flags are used when you have only one note per syllable. Obviously, exceptions are made to keep the music from looking odd.

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