O Emmanuel

for mixed choir

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.

— from notes by Gabriel Jackson © 2015

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Year
2012
Commissioner
The Revd Dr Simon Jones for the Choir of Merton College, Oxford
Instrumentation
A/CT solo, SSAATTBB
Lyrics
Traditional Antiphon
Language
Latin
Duration
3 min
Premiere
The Choir of Merton College, Oxford and conductor Benjamin Nicholas at Merton College Chapel, Oxford on 4 May 2012
Score
ISMN
979-0-69795-285-0 (MB1377)
Recordings
Choir of Merton College, OxfordAdvent at Merton
The Choir of Trinity College CambridgeNorthern Lights & other choral works