He Is Born
With suspended bells quietly calling, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,” the scene is set for the urgency and excitement that is to follow — proclaim the good news that “He Is Born!”The faster tempo, minor backdrop and tabled mallet accompaniment drive the piece forward with the urgent message of the Christ Child’s birth. The contrasting middle section offers a warmer, more thoughtful statement that includes lingering LV passages and optional handchimes. The piece closes by reprising the spirited section and is capped off with a celebratory fanfare in major tonalities. Key of Eb Major. 88 measures.