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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

8th Day of Christmas in Song - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel




I love to hear this song during Christmas time. It's very stirring and poignant. Interestingly, the origin of the song is unknown, but most of my research believes it originated in the 8th Century!
The lyrics are said to be based on Isaiah 7:14 – God will send Isreal a sign and he will be called Emmanuel. Isaiah is fulled of "O Antiphons" such as "O Emmanuel," "O Rod of Jessie," "O Dayspring," "O Key of David," and "O Wisdom," and these "O Antiphons" are contained within the text of the song.
The text is said to be translated from the Latin text "Veni, Veni Emmanuel," by John Mason Neale. Neale was an Anglican Priest who could speak over 20 languages. He was sent to do missionary work in a church in the Maderia Islands near Africa. While there, he came across the Latin text, "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel." He translated the text and an old, 8th Century hymn was given new life. The musical aspect of the song is harder to pin down. It appears to have several influences including music from Arvo Part, Ottorino Respighi, and Zoltan Kodaly.
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3 comments:

  1. Stephanie, that is my favorite carol, and "What Child Is This" is second. Your book sounds like another great read.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by Caroline. I love this Carol, too. For me, it really captures the spirit of the holiday.I love Enya's verison here.

    Smiles
    Steph

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  3. This also my favourite carol. Thank you, Stephanie! And, yes, I hang real candy canes, too.

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