Busy Kids Love Music
Busy Kids Love Music
Episode 60: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel


Episode 60 of Busy Kids Love Music is here, and this time, we’re diving into the rich history and haunting beauty of a Christmas carol that transcends time – “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Join me as we unwrap the layers of this ancient hymn, exploring its origins, symbolism, and its unique place in the festive musical canon.

What sets “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” apart is its departure from the typically jubilant tone of many Christmas carols. Described by some as “haunting” or “dark,” the melody of this carol carries a unique and emotive quality that sets it apart from the seasonal norm. As we listen, we’ll explore the emotions evoked by this distinctive tune and I’ll invite you to share the words you would use to describe its music.

The roots of this captivating carol extend deep into the annals of history. Penned in Latin, the original text’s exact origin remains shrouded in mystery, with some speculating its creation as early as the 11th or 12th century. The hymn’s survival is evidenced by the publication of its original text in 1710, marking its presence in the Christmas repertoire.

The familiar tune, known as “Veni Emmanuel,” became linked with the hymn in 1851, adding a timeless quality to the carol’s enduring legacy. The lyrics, a paraphrase of the O Antiphons, offer a unique perspective, as each antiphon represents a name or attribute of Christ. These were used in evening worship services during the last seven days of Advent, building anticipation for the Christmas celebration.

In this episode, we delve into the mystique of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” exploring its origins, its transformation over the centuries, and its enduring appeal. Whether you’re captivated by the historical significance, the emotive melody, or the spiritual depth of the lyrics, this episode promises to be a musical journey that adds a touch of enchantment to your holiday season.

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Music Listening Schedule for Episode 60

I’ve created a YouTube playlist for you with music from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Check it out here.

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