Magazine article The American Organist

O Antiphon Sequence

Magazine article The American Organist

O Antiphon Sequence

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О ANTIPHON SEQUENCE, Cecilia McDowall. Oxford University Press, 2018. 21 pp., duration 14' 30". ISBN 9780193522947. $15.25. This work-a set of seven movements interpreting the "O" Antiphons-was commissioned by the American Guild of Organists and premiered at the national convention in Kansas City in last summer. Vincent Dubois presented them at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kans. I regret having missed that recital, but I was pleased to receive the score for review and happy to discover this music for myself.

The "O" Antiphons are best known to us from the familiar Advent hymn "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel," each verse of which is one of these texts. Their source is the office of Vespers or Evening Prayer, where they serve as the Magnificat antiphons from December 17 to 23. …

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