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The Nativity (detail) by Stefan Lochner (c1410-1451)
Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen , Alte Pinakotek, Munich / Artothek
Track(s) taken from CDA66994
Recording details: June 1997
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Arthur Johnson
Engineered by Julian Millard
Release date: September 1997
Total duration: 3 minutes 59 seconds

O come, O come, Emmanuel
composer
fifteenth-century French Franciscan Processional, National Library, Paris
arranger
author of text
Advent Antiphons
translator of text

Introduction
The setting of O come, O come, Emmanuel by Andrew Carter (b1939) is an effective arrangement of the well-known Advent hymn. The words are adaptions by J M Neale of the so-called ‘Great Advent Antiphons’, sometimes known as the ‘O’ Antiphons as each of the texts in Latin begins with the word O. These are sung as follows:

O sapientia: O wisdom—December 16
O Adonaï: O Adonaï—December 17
O radix Jesse: O root of Jesse—December 18
O clavis David: O key of David—December 19
O oriens: O dayspring—December 20
O Rex gentium: O King of the nations—December 21
O Emmanuel: O Emmanuel—December 22
O Virgo virtutem: O Virgin of virtues—December 23

The inclusion of this great Advent hymn is, therefore, a neat summary of the various elements of the Advent message.

from notes by William McVicker © 1997

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