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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Musical Interlude

Advent 2012 begins today.   The Advent season is the time of preparation for celebration of the Nativity.

A processional hymn for Franciscan nuns, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is one of the oldest and one of the most solemn pieces in the Advent repertoire:

Another interpretation:

More information about "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" HERE.


  1. Eclectic might describe your taste in music, AOW. Very nice!

  2. This may be my favorite Christmas song! Carter's Chord does an excellent version, too.

  3. Thanks for great selections. Beautiful.

  4. I love Mannheim Steamroller's version from a few years ago. I love the religious Christmas music, but I also love the secular stuff!

  5. Both beautiful. I love Christmas hymns.

    Right Truth

  6. " I love the religious Christmas music, but I also love the secular stuff!"

    Nothing wrong with that I do too, BUT I think it's very important to recognize the difference between them.

    ~ FT

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  8. Beautiful music!

    Beautiful indeed.

    Thanks for providing this to us.


  9. I have to say I do prefer the version presented in the Episcopal and Presbyterian hymnals (I wonder, if it still is?) with a descant added to the last verse -- PROVIDED it is sung with sensitivity to the phrasing and dynamics implied in the text.

    I looked in vain for such 'straight' version all over YouTube and failed to find it, HOWEVER I did run into an elaborate-but-very-tasteful version presented by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, which I frankly prefer to these -- especially The Celtic Woman arrangement.

    The comments denigrating Mormonism as a harmful, anti-Christian cult, and questioning the right of Mormons to "dare" to sing about Jesus underneath the excellent Tabernacle Choir presentation frankly DISGUSTED me -- as they OUGHT to disgust you -- but commentary of that ilk is best ignored. It's always better to concentrate on the beauty inherent in the music than to dwell on the misperceptions of the ignorant and misguided.

  10. FT,
    I believe that the hymn is still in most traditional hymnals.

    In the past, I have posted the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's version of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel."

    I chose the Celtic version because I'd never heard it before.

    At the Choral Arts Society's Christmas concert, sometimes the choir entered the hall via processional using this hymn or "Of the Father's Love Begotten." Very effective and a suiting beginning to those excellent concerts.


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