Christus Factus Est was commissioned by Marion Jacob to be premiered at her senior recital on May 15th, 2010. Although the musical content of the piece does not come straight from the original Christus Factus Est chant, several of the original motives can be heard quoted in places such as the opening soprano line and in the men’s chant. The two chant themes are then overlapped in the music, mimicking the echoes of voices in the domes of an ancient cathedral. Sung in the original Latin, the text speaks of Christ’s sacrifice and death and then crescendos into the second section rejoicing in Christ’s glory and grace. This piece is the perfect setting for a Holy Week service or concert. It is also available accompanied by organ or, from the original setting of the piece, with string ensemble.
Christus factus est pro nobis Obediens jusque ad morte Mortem autem crucis. Propter quod et Deus exaltavit illum, Et dedit illi nomen, Quod est super omne nomen.
Christ was made obedient for us Even unto death, Even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has exalted him, And given him a name Which is above every name.