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Veni, veni Emmanuel (2011) (choir)

Veni, veni Emmanuel (2011) (choir)

O come, o come Immanuel

In the summer of 2011, I finished my choir arrangement of the latin hymn Veni, Veni Emmanuel.

I wanted to pay respect to the beautiful and simple melody, so I decided to keep it as simple as possible in the beginning and then add on complexity over the course of the five verses.

It begins with the most bare solo voice setting and ends in the dense and harmonically advanced 8-part voicing, thus creating a “crescendo” of intensity and material over time.

The medieval advent hymn “Veni, veni Emmanuel” is sung in a new, very nice arrangement by Allan Gravgaard Madsen – a coming Danish choral classic?!”

Jens Cornelius, Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P2, December 11th 2016

live performance

as performed by Vocalgroup Concert Clemens with Carsten Seyer-Hansen conducting

Aarhus Cathedral, Denmark

December 18th 2014


  • Melody: France 15th century.
  • Lyrics: Latin around 1710.
  • Arrangement for choir (SSAATTBB)
  • Duration: ca. 4:00
  • Released on the album There is no Rose (CD and digital download) by Orchid Classics in 2016.
  • CD-release Saturday December 17th 2016 at 4pm in Aarhus Cathedral. See event.
There is no rose with veni veni emmanuel


Released on CD and digital download by Orchid Classics in 2016.

The CD can be bought at Amazon, Naxos, iTunes, by contacting Concert Clemens here or at the upcoming concert.

awards & honours

  • The arrangement has been performed by choirs in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and the UK.
  • Album with the arrangement was CD of the week on the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s P2 December 2016.
  • Album with the arrangement won the ‘Listeners Choice’-award at the P2 Award (Danish Broadcasting Corporation) 2018.