The Suffolk Carols - 1 - O Sapientia (Advent) [SATB + Piano/Organ]

Advent Carol for mixed voices

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This Carol takes as its basis the first of the Great ‘O’ Antiphons of the days eight days before Christmas - the last days of Advent. O Sapientia (O Wisdom) takes motifs from the plainsong melody, and in a somewhat stark style, suitable for the season, makes the most of the “O”, before the lower voices state the melody. This gives way to a rising motif for “mightily and sweetly”, climaxing briefly at “Come”, with the altos taking the clashing notes of the melody. The urgency of the desire for Christmas underpins the following section where the “Come” rises through the parts and gives way to a statement of the hymn “Veni Emmanuel”, which unites all of the ‘O’ Antiphons, before a repeat of the opening material, including the clashing F#.

“The Suffolk Carols” are for the Suffolk Singers, whom I am honoured to call my friends. The Carols are the idea and fruit of the work of Alma Gower, Martin Corrall, Beverley Vankoningsveld, and others, for the annual Suffolk Singers Choral Workshop, held at Woodbridge School in November 2018, and sung in concert by the Suffolk Singers in Bury St Edmunds in December 2018, directed by Claire Weston.

Score ID
Year of composition
THE GREAT 'O' ANTIPHONS 'O Sapientia' (based on Isaiah)
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
4 minutes
Choir + keyboard
Classical music

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