Organ Toccata on Veni Emmanuel

composer
based on O come, O come Emmanuel; first performed by John Scott at York Minster on 29 July 1995

 
Andrew Carter was invited by Oxford University Press to write a Christmas piece for organ based on a seasonal theme. The composer writes about the Organ Toccata on Veni Emmanuel:

As everyone had used the best tunes, I felt my favourite Advent hymn might work well. I had just returned from France having heard Jean Guillou playing the mighty organ at Saint Eustache in Paris and had the notion of a Grand French Toccata in my mind. So I chose the tune ‘O come, O come, Emmanuel’ which I had also set as an Advent anthem. I thought I would use the same key and adopt the Toccata idiom and allow the tune to weigh in played by the pedals. After a short development section in an imitative style, the theme returns, this time with the notes disposed more than two octaves with the glittering manual figurations above.

The work was first performed by John Scott at York Minster on 29 July 1995.

from notes by William McVicker 1997

Recordings

Advent at St Paul's
CDH55463Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Details

Track 18 on CDH55463 [4'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

Track-specific metadata for CDH55463 track 18

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-97-99418
Duration
4'19
Recording date
26 June 1997
Recording venue
St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Arthur Johnson
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Advent at St Paul's (CDA66994)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: September 1997
    Deletion date: December 2011
    Superseded by CDH55463
  2. Advent at St Paul's (CDH55463)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: October 2012
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)