J - The Hymns and Carols of Christmas
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7° Jesus Chris tus nostra salus £ j ^ jlijjjdrio This Is'one of the two songs on the Eucharist. Dreves prints it from four different manuscripts from the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The melody is found in Leisentrit's songbook of 156?, but the earliest form of the tune appears in the Hohenfurth manuscript 13 (Gradual Altovadense, 1^10), as given by Dreves. The author of the text is unknown, but the acrosticon revealed by the first letter of each verse (Johannes) had led scholars such as Clemens Blume to speculate whether it could be by Johannes Huss, the fourteenth century preacher and reformer. There are four verses of four lines each, with eight syllables per line. The first three lines are primarily trochaic, the last line iambic. The musical rhythm is trochaic, strong syllables accentuated by long notes or melismas, the latter occuring at the end of each phrase either on the penultimate or the antipenultimate syllable. The tune is in the dorian mode, established in the first phrase by the upward leap of a fifth D-A, outlining the dorian fifth, by the configuration of the phrase which revolves around D, A, and ?, and by the range. 13 lbid., pi 236. 14 T , . . I oid.