Vom Himmel hoch ("From Heaven Above to Earth I Come") is a chorale by Martin Luther that outlines the entire Christmas story, and its theological ramifications, in verse. It's one of my very favorite Christmas hymns, but it's not very popular these days, mostly because it has 15 verses (as I said, it outlines the entire Christmas story!). 21st-century attention spans just aren't up to singing that many verses (although many fans of contemporary Christian praise songs are okay singing the same words over and over again about 20 times... but that's a story for another blog post). So, this dear and valuable hymn goes unsung in most churches.
Michael Praetorius's arrangement of this classic chorale embodies the spirit of the cliché "go big or go home," especially as performed by Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort: