Tutorial: Kedy jasna hvizda by František Prášil

This song is a part of the freely available online choral tutorial library with music from Slovak composers. It was created with the support of Slovak Arts Council (Fond na podporu umenia).

Basic information about Kedy jasna hvizda

Composer: František Prášil
Description: Christmas carol arrangement
English name: When the Shining, Bright Star (translation of all lyrics can be found in the bottom part of the page)
Sheet music: Musica Slovaca, catalog no. 0085

Tutorial recordings for Kedy jasna hvizda

The performance is in the prescribed tempo, recorded by members of the Technik STU Choir. If you are interested in singing with the Technik STU choir, consider joining us.


Common lyrics of Kedy jasna hvizda with an English translation

Kedy jasna hvizda z neba vihodzela,
When the shining, bright star came up on the sky
vtedy Paňenka Maria Sina porodzela.
Virgin Mary, Our Lady, gave birth to her Child.

Jak Ho porodzela, šumňe Mu špivala,
When she gave birth to him, she sang lullabies:
ľuľaj, beľaj sam Sin Boži, bo ja bi bars spala.
Sleep, dear Son of God, as I’m closing my eyes.

Počekaj ti, mamko, ľem jednu hodzinku,
Wait my dearest mother, just a short, little while,
pokieľ ja ci ňepriňešem i z raja perinku.
I will bring you clouds to sleep on from above, from the sky!

Ach, Sinu muj, Sinu, či bis to urobel,
Oh my dearest, my Son, would you do such a chore?
ňeminula hodzinečka, jak śi śe narodzel.
Hasn’t been more than an hour that you, dear child, were born!

NOTE: The lyrics are in an Eastern Slovak dialect, and their IPA transcription includes the dialectal ś sound [ɕ] (same as the sound represented by Standard Polish ś).

Further help, notes on pronunciation and English approximations of the sounds can be found in this Wikipedia article.