This unique mix came about because I wanted to write an arrangement of the haunting “Pavane” melody but didn’t know what direction to go with it. Connecting it to one of my favorite Advent hymns just happened one afternoon and things clicked into place.
The Veni Emmanuel tune is traced back to a Franciscan processional as part of a 15th century Requiem Mass. A pavane is a slow processional dance common during the Renaissance. Although I was not aware of these facts when I began creating this setting, it’s no surprise, that the two melodies complement each other!
Gabriel Faure´ wrote his elegant “Pavane” in 1857, and composed it first for piano and later for orchestra and chorus and a ballet.
This setting is geared towards late intermediate-level players and would be a fresh addition to a Christmas recital. As an intermediate player and strong reader himself, my husband confirmed that it’s leveled appropriately.
It’s also ideal for busy church pianists looking for something accessible yet interesting for the Advent season. Because of the well-defined sections and interludes, it’s easy to cut or lengthen the piece as needed.
Your purchase comes with a link to the video below and some performance tips, too!
Like the cover art?
Me, too! It’s by my favorite artist who happens to be my mom. 🙂
The cover art is part of a series of small quilts or fabric collages called Music of the Spheres. This particular work reflects an image suggested in the sixth stanza of the hymn…
“O Come, O Bright and Morning Star,
and bring us comfort from afar!
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night
and death’s dark shadows put to flight.”
To view more of Joanne Alberda’s work which is featured in galleries around the country, visit https://joannealberda.com/
“O Come, O Come Emmanuel” is available as a Single Use and a Studio License and both are on sale until October 31st.