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Published on Nov 9, 2010
Dramatic presentation of the Gregorian Chant "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" with members of the Winter Harp Ensemble. "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" is a translation of the Catholic Latin text ("Veni, veni, Emmanuel") . Its origins are unclear, it is thought that the antiphons are from at least the 8th Century, but "Veni, veni Emmanuel" may well be 12th Century in origin. The text is based on the biblical prophecy from Isaiah 7:14 that states that God will give Israel a sign that will be called Immanuel (Lit.: God with us). Matthew 1:23 states fulfillment of this prophecy in the birth of Jesus of Nazareth.
The large guitar shaped instrument is known as an organistrum and possibly dates from around the end of the 10th century.
The tall instrument is called a psaltery, and this dates from around 2800 BC, though these were almost certainly always plucked. Bowing the instrument is a relatively recent technique.