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

Recordings
'Advent at St Paul's' (CDH55463)
Advent at St Paul's
MP3 £4.99FLAC £4.99ALAC £4.99Buy by post £5.50 CDH55463  Helios (Hyperion's budget label)  
'Christmas through the ages' (NOEL1)
Christmas through the ages
MP3 £4.50FLAC £4.50ALAC £4.50 NOEL1  Super-budget price sampler — Download only  
Details
Track 17 on CDH55463 [3'59] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 19 on NOEL1 [3'59] Super-budget price sampler Download only

O come, O come, Emmanuel
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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