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Chorale Prelude on Veni, Veni Emmanuel

Band / Grade 4 / ca. 3:00 / (2005) / Pensively q= 120

00:00 / 02:45

$85.00 (Scores are print only. Parts are available by print or pdf.)

The Nativity                 ( Illustration by Gustave Dore)

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Program Notes

Written in 2005, this Chorale Prelude is a brief setting of the Advent Hymn Veni, Veni Emmanuel for Wind Ensemble. The piece was composed for the California High School Band, 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.

For this setting, the Wind Ensemble version is 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, joined by the flute section, quickly grows in energy and volume as the other instruments enter. The Full band 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.)



Flute 1-2

Oboe 1-2

Bb Clarinet 1-3

Bb Bass Clarinet


Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2

Bb Tenor Saxophone

Eb Baritone Saxophone

Bb Trumpet 1-3

Horn in F 1-4

Trombone 1-3



String Bass


Percussion - (S.D., B.D., Triangle, Tambourine, Wind Chimes, Cymbals, Gong, Sleigh Bells, Brake Drum)

Mallets - (Chimes, Vibraphone, Marimba, Xylophone, Glockenspiel/Crotales)


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Individual Part Practice Files
Timestamp (2 Bar count off - (Rehearsal A -:15, B-:31, C-:46, D-1:01, E-1:16, F-1:26, G-1:49, H-2:06, I-2:16, J-2:31, K-2:44,L-3:01, M-3:16,
N-3:29, O-3:43, P-3:58, Q-4:13)

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