Sheet Music: Joseph, O Dear Joseph Mine

TitleJoseph, O Dear Joseph Mine
Alternate titlesJoseph Dearest, Joseph Mine
Song of the Crib
Josef, lieber Josef mein
Resonet in laudibus
ComposerTraditional German
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE-flat major
Time signature6/8
Tempo60 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2021-12-24
Last updated2021-12-24
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Christmas carols, Hymn tunes, Lullabies, Traditional/Folk


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Friday 24 December 2021

Tune of the Day: Joseph, O Dear Joseph Mine

Traditional Christmas carol

The lyrics for this carol (“Josef, lieber Josef mein”) may well date back to 14th-century Germany. By the late 15th century, they became linked with this very lovely and equally old anonymous tune. The carol appears as a lullaby sung by the Virgin Mary in a manuscript dating from around the year 1500, as part of a mystery play acted in a church around the crib.

Before it was affiliated with “Joseph Dearest”, the tune was attached to a well-known Latin hymn, “Resonet in laudibus”.