Ero Cras: The O Antiphons

SATB divisi, organ
Ancient Advent chants reimagined in varied settings for choir and organ. Short prelude and seven pieces may be performed individually as well as together, in English or Latin.

HMM 24M4032 Price:   see notes below
Timing:   20:00

Number of Pages:   25

Difficulty:   MM

Occasion/theme:   Advent, Christmas
Text Source:           Traditional Latin chant
Tune Source:         Traditional Latin chant

Notes:   Available via this link from J.W. Pepper MyScore.
In the short prelude, the choir sings "Ero Cras." The choral music in the first and last antiphons ("O Sapientia, O Emmanuel") presents the chant intact. "O Adonai" is a gigue. "O Radix Jesse" is for tenors and basses. The central antiphon "O Clavis David" is the longest and most complex, with Renaissance-style polyphony and "Key of David" interjections. The sopranos and altos sing "O Oriens," focused on dawn, portrayed by the organ. "O Rex Gentium" is a stately march in homage to the "King of the Nations." "O Emmanuel" reprises the first antiphon's music before a strong close repeating "Lord, our God, come to save us." Commissioned and premiered in concert Dec. 7, 2014, by the Stuttgart German-American Community Chorus, Thomas L. Carter, director, at St. Laurentius Kirche in Stuttgart-Freiburg, Germany.