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Veni Emmanuel - Fantasy of Abstractions

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David Sartor

David Sartor

General Info

Year: 1976 - revised 2007
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: IV (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Metamorphic Music
Cost: Score & Parts - $145.00   |   Score Only - $35.00


Full Score
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Bb Contrabass Clarinet
Eb Alto Saxophone I-II
Bb Tenor Saxophone
Bb Cornet I-II-III
Bb Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals (crash; medium and small suspended)
  • Glockenspiel (Bells)
  • Gong (Tam-tam, large)
  • Marimba
  • Snare Drum
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells (Chimes)
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


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Program Notes

Veni Emmanuel consists of continuous variations on an ancient French plainsong more commonly known as "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." The theme is stated initially by unaccompanied timpani in the Lento introduction, then by the quartet of horns. A brisk Allegro molto vivace begins a series of variations that subject the theme to rapidly unfolding and often abstract treatments. The final fugal variation leads to a triumphant tutti restatement of the theme, and unbridled percussion bring the work to its full-throated conclusion.

Sartor composed the piece in honor of David Van Vactor, his primary composition teacher and mentor at the University of Tennessee and a professed admirer of the theme on which the variations are based.

Veni Emmanuel was premiered on May 20, 2007 by the Indiana Wind Symphony, Charles Conrad, Music Director.

-Program Note by David Sartor

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Recent Performances

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  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) - 2 December 2011
  • Indiana Wind Symphony (Charles Conrad, conductor) - 20 May 2007

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