Two years ago, my good friend Chuck Meyer and I were invited to be a part of a group of student composers at Wartburg Theological Seminary writing musical settings for the O Antiphons. These antiphons are traditionally used in vespers services the last seven days of Advent. Each of the seven antiphons focus on a name or description of Christ given in the Bible.
- December 17: O Sapientia (O Wisdom)
- December 18: O Adonai (O Adonai)
- December 19: O Radix Jesse (O Root of Jesse)
- December 20: O Clavis David (O Key of David)
- December 21: O Oriens (O Dayspring)
- December 22: O Rex Gentium (O King of the nations)
- December 23: O Emmanuel (O Emmanuel)
Our commission was to write an individual, unique-to-us musical setting of an antiphon and perform it at Wartburg’s annual Service of Lessons and Carols.
(Good news! We’re doing this service again this year. I hope to record it and post as much as I can online.)
We enjoyed the project so much we took it with us on internship. We each wrote two more antiphons for a total of six, and we worked together on a seventh. The result is this series of songs. The only connecting threads in this project are the O Antiphon texts and that we wrote them. Use the series navigation box below to jump between titles, and feel free to download and share what you find here. All the songs are Creative Commons licensed.
Note: The recording for the seventh antiphon, O Emmanuel, won’t be available for download because it was poor quality.