O Come, O Come Emmanuel is an ancient Christmas carol with roots that extend back to the middle ages. The text which was originally written in Latin, dates back as far as the 8th or 9th century, and it has been translated many times into many different languages. The melody may have been written as early as the 12th century, long before music was written with time signatures as we know them today. It was originally a plainsong chant without a specific musical meter. However, today the carol is often sung in 4/4 time, as shown in this arrangement. There are several variations on the rhythm of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, but the one below is a fairly common modern interpretation of the song. Also, the song did not have any chords in its original version - it would have been sung in unison. However, arrangers have added harmonies to make the chant sound more contemporary to our ears.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of O Come, O Come Emmanuel. Scroll down for more versions of the carol in several other keys. The carol is also available in arrangements for all woodwind, brass, strings, and recorders.
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Play-Along arrangements of O Come, O Come Emmanuel. These pages have versions of the song for band and string instruments for you to play with other musicians:
More keys! Select a link below for a printable PDF of O Come, O Come Emmanuel in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.