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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 :-).

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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 :-).

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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.

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Advent Antiphons 2013: O Rex Gentium

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December 22, 2013

This antiphon hails Christ as the King and asks him to speed his return and save his people, Chilcott's setting expresses perfectly the text's sense of longing and hope. The antiphon's source texts are Isaiah 2:4; 11:10, Psalm 47:8, Jeremiah 10:7, Daniel 7:14, Haggai 2:8, Romans 15:12, and Ephesians 2:14, 20.

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