“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” are the opening words of John Mason Neale’s (1818-1866) translation of the Medieval text, “Veni, Emmanuel,” with music arranged by Thomas Helmore (1811-1890), for The Hymnal Noted (London, 1856). The text of this most famous of Advent hymns is taken from various “‘O’ Antiphons,” verses sung or recited before and after the Magnificat during the evening Vespers service in the last week of Advent. Each antiphon is a name of Christ, and together they echo the foretelling of the long-expected Messiah by the prophet Isaiah.
The origin of the music is uncertain. Some claim it to be from a 15th-century French processionale (hymnal, liturgical manual) for Franciscan nuns; others believe it to be of earlier, eighth-century Gregorian plainsong origins.
This arrangement for SAB voices features both traditional and contemporary harmonies and an introduction by solo flute (optional solo flugelhorn part is included) and piano, echoed in solo-instrument countermelodies in later verses.
See video above for version with flute. Click below to hear version with flugelhorn.
Upon purchase, you may download and print the score, then make additional copies in a quantity sufficient for your ensemble. Please see our Copyright page for additional information.
Reproducible voices/piano/solo instrument score (8.5×11″) plus solo flute and Bb flugelhorn parts — $18