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"The Indiana Wind Symphony is always thrilled to introduce new works to the audiences of Central Indiana, but the ensemble members have especially enjoyed working on Veni Emmanuel, and have been uniformly impressed with the composer's innovative approach to instrumentation and to colors and with his skill at writing for the different instruments."

Charles Conrad
Music Director,
Indiana Wind Symphony




Veni Emmanuel,
Fantasy of Abstractions

for Symphonic Wind Ensemble

Duration: approximately 13 minutes


Veni Emmanuel was premiered on May 20, 2007 by the Indiana Wind Symphony, Charles Conrad, Music Director.



Program Notes

Veni Emmanuel consists of continuous variations on an ancient French plainsong more commonly known as "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." The theme is stated initially by unaccompanied timpani in the Lento introduction, then by the quartet of horns. A brisk Allegro molto vivace begins a series of variations that subject the theme to rapidly unfolding and often abstract treatments. The final fugal variation leads to a triumphant tutti restatement of the theme, and unbridled percussion bring the work to its full-throated conclusion.

Sartor composed the piece in honor of David Van Vactor, his primary composition teacher and mentor at the University of Tennessee and a professed admirer of the theme on which the variations are based.

Instrumentation and Parts Provided

Piccolo (1)
Flute 1 (3)
Flute 2 (3)
Oboe 1 (1)
Oboe 2 (1)
Bb Clarinet 1 (3)
Bb Clarinet 2 (3)
Bb Clarinet 3 (3)
Eb Alto Clarinet (2)
Bb Bass Clarinet (2)
Bb Contrabass Clarinet - Eb Contrabass Clarinet substitute part provided (1)
Eb Alto Saxophone 1 (2)
Eb Alto Saxophone 2 (2)
Bb Tenor Saxophone (2)
Bassoon 1 (1)
Bassoon 2 (1)

Bb Cornet 1 (2)
Bb Cornet 2 (2)
Bb Cornet 3 (2)
Bb Trumpet 1 (1)
Bb Trumpet 2 (1)
F Horn 1 (1)
F Horn 2 (1)
F Horn 3 (1)
F Horn 4 (1)
Trombone 1 (2)
Trombone 2 (2)
Bass Trombone (2)
Euphonium - Treble and Bass Clef parts provided (2 each)
Tuba (4)

Timpani - (1)
Percussionist 1 (1)
Glockenspiel, Chimes, Xylophone, Vibraphone, Crash Cymbals
Percussionist 2 (1)
Snare Drum, Small Suspended Cymbal
Percussionist 3 (1)
Giant Tam-tam, Suspended Cymbal, Crash Cymbals, Marimba
Percussionist 4 (1)
Bass Drum, Triangle, Giant Tam-tam


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