In illo tempore: Tempus nativitatis

The third Album of Vocal ensemble Gregoriana – the second one of our series In illo tempore has been released. We have named it according to the liturgical season which it illustrates – Tempus nativitatis (Christmas season).
The aim of the series In illo tempore is to revive the old Slovak musical manuscripts dated before 1600. These are codexes of plainchant as well as polyphonic vocal liturgical music. The Album Tempus nativitatis was made in cooperation with guest conductor Jan Mikušek, who directed our ensemble on our previous CD nova et vetera too.

Sources of plainchant:

  • Bratislava Antiphonary I [1]
  • Bratislava Antiphonary IIb [6, 7, 11, 12, 14, 15]
  • Bratislava Antiphonary IV [1, 8]
  • Bratislava Missal I [4,16]
  • Canon Blasius’s Psalter [5]

Sources of polyphony:

  • Anna Hansen-Schuman’s Codex [10, 13, 15, 18]
  • Košice Polyphony Codex I [5]
  • Košice Polyphony Codex II [9]
  • Košice Polyphony Codex III [2, 3]


  1. invitatorium Christus natus est nobis
  2. Phillipus de MonteKyrie (Missa sine nomine)
  3. Phillipus de MonteGloria (Missa sine nomine)
  4. sequentia: Eia recolamus
  5. hymnus: A solis ortus cardine
  6. antiphona: Nesciens Mater – psalmus: 112
  7. antiphona: Natus est nobis – psalmus: 111
  8. antiphona: Hodie Christus natus est
  9. Michele VarottoMagnificat sexti toni
  10. Jean MoutonHodie Christus natus est
  11. antiphona: In prole mater – psalmus: 110
  12. responsorium: Tria sunt munera
  13. Heinrich FinckAequalis aeterno
  14. antiphona: Ante luciferum – psalmus: 93
  15. antiphona: Tolle puerum – canticum: Benedictus
  16. lectio cum tropi: Laudem Deo/Popule gentium
  17. cantio (plainchant): Dies est laetitiae
  18. cantio (polyphony): Dies est laetitiae

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  1. Hello! Could you please tell me about the artwork on your CD cover? Is it Slovak? If so, I am interested in possibly using it for PR materials for a Christmas concert at a Slovak church in NYC this December. Any information you have would be helpful.

    Thank you!

    An early “Veselé Vianoce” to you!


    1. Hello Kathleen,
      Yes, the painting used for the cover of our CD Tempus nativitatis is from the Cathedral of Košice, Slovakia.
      It is the Altarpiece from the Altar of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (1516) – photo by Alexander Jiroušek.

  2. Hello! And Merry Christmas!

    I see from reading the information presented here that the music for track five Hymnus: O Solus Orto Cardine is from a Slovak manuscript and the composer is anonymous.

    Do you know where I could look at the sheet music for this track? Would be a wonderful addition for my choir’s repertoire.

    Wishing you well,

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