Saturday, August 4, 2012


Gesu Bambino Medley

Gesù bambino is an Italian Christmas carol composed
by Pietro Yon in 1917. It was translated to English by
Frederick H. Martens. The melody and lyrics of the
chorus are derived from the chorus of

Pietro Yon
Pietro Alessandro Yon (1886-1943) was an Italian-born organist
(becoming an American citizen in 1921) who made his career in
the United States but is remembered today for his sacred music
for the Roman Catholic Church. He is considered by many to be
among the most important American composers of sacred music
for the Catholic Church in the first half of the twentieth century.

In Italy Yon served as one of the regular Vatican organists and
also played at the San Pietro Basilica under Remigio Renzi. In
1907, after settling in New York, he was appointed organist at
St. Francis Xavier Church, a post he held until 1926 when he
accepted the coveted post of organist at St. Patrick's Cathedral 
in 1927.

Yon was also a composer who wrote
many works for organ, piano, and
orchestra, including a Concerto
Gregoriano for organ and a Concerto
for Oboe but he was most famous for
Toccatina for Flute and his Christmas
hymn (probably his best known piece)
Gesù bambino written in 1917.