Sheet Music: Il est né, le divin enfant

TitleIl est né, le divin enfant
Alternate titlesBorn Is He, Little Child Divine
Born Today is the Child Divine
Christ Is Born, A Child On Earth
He Is Born, Holy Child Divine
Tête bizarde
ComposerTraditional French
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB-flat major
RangeF4–G5
Time signature4/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time0:55
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-12-16
Last updated2011-12-16
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Christmas carols, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 16 December 2011

Tune of the Day: Il est né, le divin enfant

Traditional French Christmas carol

The tune for this carol first appeared in print in R. Grosjean's Airs des noêl lorrain (1862), where it is called “Ancien air de chasse” (“Old hunting air”). It is indeed the case that an old Normandy hunting tune known as “Tête bizarde”, though in 6/8, is melodically very similar.

English translations of this carol include “He Is Born, the Holy Child”, “He Is Born, The Heav'nly Child”, “He Is Born, The Divine Christ Child”, and many others.