O come, O come, Emmanuel (Veni, Emmanuel) version 1: fl, treble rec.(or fl 2), pf.

Composer
trad.
Year of composition
1250
Year of arrangement
2007
Lyricist
none
Difficulty
Easy (Grades 1-3)
Duration
2 minutes
Genre
Other
Instrumentation
Trio
Instrumental parts
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A simple meditation on the well-known 13th century chant, Veni, Emmanuel, ideal for use in any advent service requiring an instrumental interlude. It sounds particularly effective if the keyboard can be set to vibraphone. I’ve included a treble recorder for the plaintive sound; but substitute a flute or anything else appropriate, and alter octaves as necessary for balance.

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