Choral conductors appreciate and seek out 'fresh' versions of classic, traditional, or historic December melodies such as the ancient "Veni Emmanuel" chant. This concert setting of "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Jocelyn Hagen is both mysterious and vibrant. The first two verses have overlapping fragments of the melody, initially by chorus then by soloists over a lush choral background, leading into a resounding "rejoice!" refrain. As the composer explains: "The true climax occurs in m. 64, when the choir unites in homophonic texture to sing "O come, Desire of nations, bind all peoples in one heart and mind; Bid envy, strife and discord cease; fill the whole world with heaven's peace." The score ends with a gentle and very haunting, breathless close. A personal favorite Advent score of mine! The Singers - Minnesota Choral Artists present Jocelyn's score here.