O Emmanuel - Rosemary Field

Duration: 2'00"
Ensemble: SATB unaccompanied
Grading: Medium
CMP304 Full score £1.50

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Based on the last Advent (Magnificat) Antiphon, O Emmanuel, this SATB divisi piece centres on an insistently-building chorus of "Veni" as fits the calendar moment, contrasted with solid chordal writing for the 'King and lawgiver' line, and framed by imitative reflections on the opening phrase of the plainsong. There are several changes of tempo and mood to handle in a short time-frame.

It would suit a late-Advent service, form a pivot-point between prophecies and a Gospel reading, or sit in the classic pre-Evensong slot, being a cappella. Tonal, but with some 7th harmonies to add bite.