Required Resources: Organ
A variety of techniques and textures are explored by Glenn Caluda in his setting of this most popular Advent hymn.
The work opens in 12/8 time, the manuals in consonant thirds and sixths over the pedal melody in e minor.
Chromaticism enters near the end of the stanza.
The middle section puts the figured melody on a solo stop, accompanied on a second manual, with no pedal.
The key changes to a minor.
The third section, in common time, features the melody in the pedal once again, echoed in quarter note chords in the manual.
A return to 12/8 time ushers in the hymn's refrain, which closes the piece with solo stop, accompaniment and pedal.
A Picardy third is heard ending in A Major.
Easy to moderate in difficulty, this arrangement of Veni Emmanuel is well-written and would make an excellent prelude for an Advent Mass or Penitential Service.