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Veni Veni Emmanuel

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December 24, 2014

14 Pro­pt­er hoc dabit Dominus ipse vobis sig­num : ecce virgo con­cipiet, et pariet filium, et vocabitur nomen ejus Em­manuel.
14 Therefore the Lord him­self shall give you a sign. Be­hold a vir­gin shall con­ceive, and bear a son and his name shall be cal­led Em­manuel.

veni veni emmanuel Of all the Advent Hymns this is the one I love the most. I love it for itself and for the happy memories it brings. It's from the 12th-century the text is based on Isaiah 7:14: and the hymn itself is a paraphrasing of the 'O' Antiphons which date back to the 8th century, each of these antiphons deals with a different aspect of Christ's being and the lyrics' call for Christ to come and save us epitomises the sense of expectancy and hope of Advent.

This performance is by the King's Singers. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Josquin Des Prez (±1450 1521): O virgo virginium

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December 18, 2014

I've written about the great 'O' antiphons frequently, or to be more precise I've written about seven of them. These are the seven antiphons that are sung in the week before Christmas starting with 'O Sapientia' and concluding ón December 23rd with 'O Emmanuel'  most people think that these seven antiphons – the 'Great Antiphons' as they are often referred to are the only antiphons for this time, but  this is wrong in fact there are other antiphons which are proper to this week as the list below which I take from Guéranger shows:

  • Dec. 17: O Sapientia (I)
  • Dec. 18: O Adonai (II)
  • Dec. 18: The Expectation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary (O Virgo virginum)
  • Dec. 19: O Radix Jesse (III)
  • Dec. 20: O Clavis David (IV), plus O Gabriel!
  • Dec. 21: Saint Thomas, Apostle
  • Dec. 21: O Oriens (V)
  • Dec. 22: O Rex Gentium (VI), plus O Rex pacifice
  • Dec. 23: O Emmanuel (VII), plus O Hierusalem!
  • Dec. 24:  Christmas Eve - The Vigil Of Christmas (Generally: Advent)

Of these 'extra' antiphons perhaps the best known is O Virgo virginum which is the antiphon for the Feast of The Expectation Of The Blessed Virgin Mary.  This was sung in England under the Sarum rite and also in Spain where the cult of The Virgin was – and is, particularly strong. During Josquin's time it was also popular in Rome which presumably is why he composed this very beautiful setting of it. I think it must be a relatively early work – by which I mean written relatively early on during Josquin's Roman period so 1480 or not long thereafter. It's a six-part setting that combines strict cantus firmus writing with some hauntingly beautiful free-flowing polyphony. It's almost Burgundian in sound and I can't help thinking that he wrote it as part of his tribute to Ockeghem and Regis. Enjoy :-).

mfi

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Josquin Des Prez (±1450-1521): O virgo virginium

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November 15, 2014

I've written about the great 'O' antiphons frequently, or to be more precise I've written about seven of them. These are the seven antiphons that are sung in the week before Christmas starting with 'O Sapientia' and concluding ón December 23rd with 'O Emmanuel'  most people think that these seven antiphons – the 'Great Antiphons' as they are often referred to are the only antiphons for this time, but  this is wrong in fact there are other antiphons which are proper to this week as the list below which I take from Guéranger shows:

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Advent Carol: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel — Boys Air Choir

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December 24, 2013

The Advent hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is a reworking in English of the seven O Antiphons. It's one of the best-loved English language advent carols. Although few who sing it sing more than the famous 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel' verse. This recording is perhaps my favourite it's by the Boys Air Choir. The third verse incidentally is sung by Elizabeth Burrowes who as I'm sure you'll agree sings quite as beautifully as her brothers. Enjoy :-).

markfromireland

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Advent Antiphons 2013: O Emmanuel

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December 23, 2013

The final antiphon is sung on December 23rd 'Emmanuel' means 'God with us' and the antiphon draws heavily on Isaiah 7:14:

Propter hoc dabit Dominus ipse vobis signum ecce virgo concipiet et pariet filium et vocabitis nomen eius Emmanuhel

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign. Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son and his name shall be called Emmanuel.

markfromireland

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