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2012; S solo + SATB div; commissioned as the last of a set of the seven Antiphons, each by a different composer, by The Revd Dr Simon Jones for the choir of Merton College, Oxford, who gave the first performance on 4 May 2012, Benjamin Nicholas conducting
The ancient plainchant O Emmanuel lies at the heart of this piece which was written for Merton College, Oxford, at the commission of the Chaplain, the Revd Dr Simon Jones. It is the final work in a composite sequence of all seven Advent Antiphons by seven different composers. First sung by a solo voice and then by tutti altos, the plainchant is threaded through another of Ešenvalds’ gentle chorales, the glowing final cadence suffused with quiet joy and anticipation.