Il est né le Divin Enfant (He is born the Divine Child)

One of the most beloved chants de Noël (Christmas carols) in France.
The lyrics are mid-19th century, the music 17th century. I looked for the best versions on YouTube.

First, a beautiful interpretation by a children’s choir, the Petits Chanteurs à la Croix de Bois. The tempo here is right (this carol is often sung too fast, which I feel detracts from its majesty.)

And then, of course, the greatest chanteuse ever, Edith Piaf.

In a different style, Siouxsie and the Banshees. The video is awfully grainy, but I love the arrangement. The horns, drums and cymbals are very true to the 17th century original music.


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