Chorale Prelude on Veni, Veni Emmanuel (Orchestra)

Chorale Prelude on
Veni, Veni Emmanuel
for Full Orchestra
Grade 4
by Stephen Hill (ASCAP)
00:00 / 02:45
SARAHTIM Music Publishing

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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.


In contrast to the Wind Ensemble setting which was transposed from E minor to F minor, this Full Orchestra setting retains the key of E 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 solo piccolo is soon joined by the flute section and the piece quickly grows in energy and volume as the all 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.)

Composed - 2005

Publisher - SARAHTIM Music Publishing (Stephen Hill)

Instrumentation - Woodwinds - Piccolo, Flute 1-2, Oboe 1-2, Bb Clarinet 1-3, Bb Bass Clarinet, Bassoon, Eb Alto Saxophone 1-2, Bb Tenor Saxophone, Eb Baritone Saxophone Brass - Bb Trumpet 1-3, Horn in F 1-4, Trombone 1-3, Euphonium, Tuba  Percussion - Timpani, Snare Drum, Bass Drum, Cymbals, Brake Drum, Tambourine, Triangle, Sleigh Bells, Wind Chimes Mallets - Chimes, Crotales/Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Marimba/Xylophone, Piano Strings  

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