"Fun" or "funny" Latin songs
  • Kathy
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    I've been working for a few months in a new situation, with the usual happy mandate to bring back chant and Latin without annoying anyone ;)

    For the Christmas pageant, one of the ways I made progress was by assigning two classes, who have a lot of humor, with "fun" or "funny" songs.

    One young class, full of little jokes, sang Resonet in Laudibus. They "got" it right away, especially the rhythm change in the "Gaudete" section.

    Another class, full of energy and high spirits, sang the macaronic In Dulci Iubilo with great gusto.

    I'm interested to know of more Latin songs, Christmas or otherwise, that lend themselves to joy, energy, chutzpah--that sort of thing.
  • gregpgregp
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    The Boar's Head carol.
  • MatthewRoth
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    Reno erat Rudolphus...
  • fcbfcb
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    A friend of mine recently produced this translation of a classic:
    Me amare Dominum
    Dicit Evangelium.
    Custos parvulorum est;
    Non valent sicut potest.
    Me amat Iesus...
    Me amat Iesus...
    Me amat Iesus...
    Secundum Scripturas.

    Lots of fun and chutzpah, though I'm not sure how helpful with chant.
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  • matthewjmatthewj
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    I've always wanted to have an occasion to perform this piece, but it never seems to come up:
  • Well, surely Mica, mica, parva stella. Much on Youtube and elsewhere. http://cheezburger.com/2635796736 for example.
  • Sing along in Latin. Campfire classics.

    Thanked by 1JL
  • francisfrancis
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    that weasel song is just tip top! thanks for sharing matthewj. gotta do that with the schola.
  • Kathy
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    Thanks! Please keep them coming.

  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    Obviously, Gaudete, Christus est Natus from Piae Cantiones.

    My brother (Catholic MD in Florida) reports he has done this to great success with his children's choir.
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  • Liam
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    Jesus me amat, hoc scio
    Nam biblia mihi dicat.
    Infanti sunt Ei
    Infirmi sunt, sed Is firmus est.

    Profecto, Jesus me amat! (3x)
    Biblia mihi dicat.
  • If Resonet in Laudibus is the kind of thing you need, how about Adeste Fideles; and the Laudes Festivae by Beat Reiser OSB (in the musicasacra.com Book PDF section IIRC) contains many of this kind in the Cantarium part.
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  • Kathy
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    Almost forgot: Puer natus in Bethlehem.
  • Thou that art so fair and bright -- intermixed Latin and English. Most child-friendly version in St. Basil's Hymnal. One page. Easily learned and taught. Latin/English division allows you to divide into two groups, or vary volume, or .... I think you get the idea.
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