‘Veni, veni, Emanuel’ (free PDF)


A familiar, but no less haunting Advent carol from the 13th century, set here in both A- and B-minor. Please see further below for more information, an audio sample, and to download a free PDF.


This haunting Advent chant, hailing from at least the 13th century, is also widely known as ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’. Two different settings are offered on the same page: one in A-minor and one in B-minor. And as with ‘A Solis Ortus Cardine‘, grace-notes have been added in a way that attempts to imitate the speech patterns of the lyrics. (You may also choose your own grace-notes, of course.) First verse lyrics in both Latin and English are included.

[NB: The A-minor setting of this melody requires the nontraditional notes of C- and F-natural. These can be played on conically-bored chanters —e.g. Highland and Border pipes— with a ‘cross’ or ‘forked’ fingering patterns. On cylindrically-bored chanters without custom features —e.g. standard smallpipe chanters— you may need to apply pieces of tuning tape over the top 80% of the C and F soundholes. The B-minor setting of this chant can be played without any special fingerings or modifications.]

This is one of over 100 carols printed in the collection, On This Day Earth Shall Ring.

Click on the below link for a free PDF of the sheet music:
Veni veni Emanuel

An audio sample, featuring Scottish smallpipes (D-chanter):