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Veni Emmanuel

First line:
O come, O come, Emmanuel
composer
fifteenth-century French Franciscan Processional, National Library, Paris
arranger
arranger
author of text
1710; Cologne
translator of text

 
O come, O come, Emmanuel is an Advent carol, a fervent plea to the Saviour to come and redeem mankind in accordance with the Old Testament prophecies, with, at the close of each verse, a brief refrain rejoicing in the message those prophecies convey. The words, written in Cologne in 1710 and translated by T A Lacey (1853–1931), are based on ancient Advent antiphons. The melody is from a fifteenth-century French Franciscan Processional kept in the National Library in Paris, adapted by Thomas Helmore (1811–1890) and freely arranged by James O’Donnell. The spirit is one of quiet assurance and timeless devotion.

from notes by Wadham Sutton © 1993

Recordings

Adeste fideles
CDA66668
Christmas carols from village green to church
SIGCD387Download only
Christmas with The King's Singers
SIGCD502Download only
Incarnation
SIGCD346Download only

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Track 3 on CDA66668 [3'25]
Track 2 on SIGCD346 [3'30] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD387 [3'19] Download only
Track 1 on SIGCD502 [3'05] Download only

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