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This is designed to be a dramatic procesional to open a Christmas program.
It also supports the use of multiple choirs for institutions with large choral programs.
Verse 1: Unison men (can be sung by the men's choir)
Verse 2: SSAA (can be sung by the women's choir or a childrens choir in unison)
Verse 3: SATB (can be sung by the mixed choir)
Verse 4: SSAATTBB (can be sung by all choirs)
There are both orchestra and band accompaniments available.
December 2007. Jesse Ayers' Veni Emmanuel for chorus and orchestra was performed December 12, 13, and 14, by the Summit Choral Society (Akron, OH) under the direction of Dr. Frank Jacobs. The work is a processional piece. The men begin singing softly in unison, like chant, from behind the audience. Then the orchestra begins playing while the choir solomnly process in. From its dark, sombre beginning, the work becomes progressively brighter until the climactic "Rejoice! Rejoice!"
Jacobs founded the group in 1990. Since then, the Society has continued to present a four-concert series in a variety of venues throughout Akron. The increasingly popular “Christmas Candlelight Concerts” have witnessed virtually sold-out performances.
Veni Emmanuel was composed in the fall of 1997 for the combined ensembles of the Malone College music department. This setting begins dark and sombre, expressing a longing for the Messiah to come. The piece grows progressively brighter and more cheerful and finally festive with the realization that the time of His appearing has come. After the first statement of the words "Rejoice! Rejoice!" the listener will hear the brass briefly quote the hymn " Crown Him With Many Crowns," referring, of course, to Jesus, the King of Kings. The piece closes softly, with a solo trumpet asking the question "What wondrous love is this?"