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Advent: Advent and Christmas Introits

These are the suggestions received for Advent/Christmas Introits. Thank
you very much for your responses.

Laddie Bell, Ph.D.


"Of the Father's Love Begotten" - Hope Publishing Company


I have a four-minute piece for unison choir, tenor
solo, and organ ... an original setting of the
traditional text "On this day, earth shall ring ...."

I conducted the premiere with a choir of modest
abilities, and both choir and congregation enjoyed the

Karl Henning, Ph.D. Clarinetist & Composer
Woburn/Boston, Massachusetts E-mail: windsongXL(a)
Worldwide Web:
Maria Bablyak on the Web:

There is a wonderful introit called 'Welcome Yule!' by Sir Hubert Parry
(1848-1918). The text is old but the music is loud and lively. It was
originally published by Novello (so you should check with Shawnee Press to
see if it's available in the USA.) I made a new version of the piece a
couple of years ago and would gladly let you have a copy.
Stuart McIntosh
Director of Music - Kent College, Canterbury
186, Monkton Street, Monkton, Ramsgate, CT12 4JN, Kent, United Kingdom
tel: (44) 01843-825696


I would like to suggest 2 pieces by composer Rock Oakeson of Salt Lake
"Joyfully, Joyfully" (a capella SATB) and "Alleluia" (a capella SATB with
some divisi parts). My company,
Alcove Music Publications
, publishes these pieces; perusal copies are
available upon request.


"Sing Ye All, Now Rejoice" by Hawley Ades.

Modal with the flavor of a joyous Renaissance dance.
Incorporates small percussion instruments.


I absolutely love "Emmanuel" by Noel Goemanne. I use the entire anthem the
first week of Advent, then I use the first page for the next 3 weeks. The
week after, I have them sing "has come to us" instead of "will come to
It's a great piece, and very full sounding, not difficult, just sounds
like is!
MArtha Springstead


I have used Michael Jothen's "Christmas Introit and Processional" several

times to begin our Chirstmas Eve service. Published by Choristers Guild.

Begins sanctuary in darkness and the choristers singing "Of the Father's
Begotten" and "O come, Come Emmanuel." Each chorister sings one or the
at his/her own pace to represent the people in darkness.
Handbells enter ringing at octaves. There is narration from Isaiah.
are lighted with each section of narration. Ends with "O Come, All Ye
Faithful" accompanied by organ and handbells with soprano descant.


"Holy Holy", less than a minute long, general purpose introit for
Advent or other seasons; two part treble chorus, easy; by William
Copper, composer of Lovelife Dances; more info at


Dufay has a Gloria in two parts that makes a wonderful cannon that has
well for an introit/processional....I've done it with and without
accompanying instrumentations such as clarinets, obes, or portative....or


Again, thank you.

Laddie Bell, Ph.D.

on November 14, 2002 10:00pm
I have posted and Advent Anthem on the CPDL site for free downloadin: SATB with optional organ/keyboard accpt. This is a setting of Christina Rossetti's poem Advent - 'The Advent moon shines cold and clear' - (most of it, anyway) and has received enthusiastic responses from congregations and choir when we have performed it over the last two years. Easy to moderate. Douglas Brooks-Davies, composer.
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