O Come, O Come Emmanuel

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My aim in using various meters is to give this arrangement a different stylistic feel from most versions of the song. Amidst flowing 16th notes, the melody emerges in a somewhat syncopated form, creating a relatively subdued groove. The contrasting second verse highlights the sense of longing and waiting present in the text by using tight and dissonant harmonies.

lyrics

O come, O come, Emmanuel,

And ransom captive Israel,

That mourns in lonely exile here

Until the Son of God appear.

Refrain:
Rejoice! Rejoice!
 Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

O come, Thou Wisdom from on high,

Who orderest all things mightily;

To us the path of knowledge show,

And teach us in her ways to go.

Refrain

O come, Thou Rod of Jesse, free

Thine own from Satan’s tyranny;

From depths of hell Thy people save,

And give them victory over the grave.

Refrain

O come, Thou Day-spring, come and cheer

Our spirits by Thine advent here;

Disperse the gloomy clouds of night,

And death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Refrain

(First four of eight verses printed here.)

credits

from Let It Snow, released November 19, 2012
Words & music: 8th c. Latin

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Brian Blume Lakeland, Florida

Composer, percussionist, and educator, Brian currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL). As a composer, Brian has works published by Tapspace, drop6, and PercMaster. Brian earned MM and BM degrees in performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. ... more

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