Chorale Prelude on Veni, Veni Emmanuel

From Wind Repertory Project
Stephen Hill

Stephen Hill

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 2:45
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: SARAHTIM Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Contact Publisher


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Brake Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Marimba
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Tam-tam
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written in 2005, this chorale prelude is a brief setting of the Advent hymn Veni, Veni Emmanuel for winds and percussion. The piece was written for the California High School Band Program, under the direction of Mr. Doug Nordquist. The melody for the Christian Advent hymn Veni, Veni Emmanuel has been traced back to the 15th century. The verses we use today are of modern origin.

For this setting, the wind ensemble version has been transposed from the key of E minor to F minor. The work begins with the percussion section softly setting a rhythmic pulse and mood that prepares for the entrance of the piccolo solo. The piccolo is soon joined by the flute section, and the piece quickly grows in energy and volume as the other sections join in. The full ensemble cadences at letter E, where the hymn tune is clearly stated and played with majesty. (You will find, in one of the counter-lines, the brief reference to Bach’s Little Fugue in G Minor.)

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


To submit a performance please join The Wind Repertory Project

  • California High School (Whittier, Calif.) Wind Ensemble (Doug Nordquist, conductor)
  • Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, Calif.)Concert Band (Kenneth Foerch, conductor)

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