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Veni Immanuel

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Philip Sparke

Medieval French antiphon, arranged by Philip Sparke

Subtitle: Meditation on Oh Come, Oh Come, Immanuel

General Info

Year: 2003
Duration: c. 5:30
Difficulty: II-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Hymn
Publisher: Anglo Music, through De Haske
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €95.32   |   Score Only (print) - €14.01


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
E-flat Alto Clarinet
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 I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Mark Chimes
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone (optional)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The Advent hymn we all know today as O Come, O Come, Immanuel was arranged in its modern form by Thomas Helmore and published in Hymnal Noted in 1856. Both the words and the melody, however, predate this version by centuries. The words are based on a ninth century antiphon O Emmanue, and the tune is taken from a 15th century processional of French Franciscan nuns, part of the setting for the funeral hymn Libera Me.

This arrangement aims to expand on the power and mystery of the original tune and will be most effective if the solo trumpet at the start and end of the piece can be placed away from the band, maybe at the back of the auditorium.

- Program Note from publisher


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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