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Advent music: 10 best carols and hymns to begin the festive season – Classic FM

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26 November 2021, 17:46 | Updated: 26 November 2021, 17:51

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We take a look at some of the best music to begin the festive season.

Advent is a time of celebration in the Christian religion, as believers prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.

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26 November 2021, 17:46 | Updated: 26 November 2021, 17:51

Classic FM is the home of Christmas music.

Picture:
Alamy


We take a look at some of the best music to begin the festive season.

Advent is a time of celebration in the Christian religion, as believers prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ.

The four weeks that lead up Christmas are marked with beautiful and poignant music in anticipation of the son of God’s birth.

These are among the greatest melodies to listen to, and sing, during the festive season.

  1. O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

    O come, O come, Emmanuel is a Christian hymn for Advent and Christmas. Originally written in Latin (Veni, veni, Emmanuel), its haunting melody goes back as far as 15th-century France.

    Read more: What are the lyrics to ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’, and what is the carol about?

  2. Wachet auf! ruft uns die Stimme

    Wachet auf is a lutheran hymn, first published in 1599. It appears in multiple German and English hymnals, however, one of its most famous arrangements is the cantata by J.S. Bach.

    The cantata was originally written for the 27th Sunday after Trinity; occurring immediately before advent. In modern times, the cantata is usually performed during Advent.

  3. I Was Glad

    I Was Glad

    I Was Glad, by Sir Hubert Parry ❤️

    What an epic piece – performed here by Gabrieli Consort & Players and over 400 performers. Their new album with Paul McCreesh is out today 👉 hyperurl.co/anenglishcoronation

    Posted by Classic FM on Friday, May 3, 2019

    I Was Glad is a popular Anglican carol, sung at multiple times during the year, and at the Coronation of the British monarch.

    Its most famous settings include versions by British composers, Henry Purcell, and Hubert Parry.

  4. Of the Father’s Heart Begotten

    Of the Father’s heart begotten is a doctrinal hymn based on a Latin poem, Corde natus.

    It is thought to be one of the oldest hymns that many congregations sing.

    While mainly associated with Christmas, some musicians conclude that the piece is an appropriate Advent hymn.

  5. Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending

    The popular English hymn appeared on John Rutter’s 1993 album Christmas Day in the Morning, and …….

    Source: https://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/occasions/christmas/advent-carols-hymns/