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O Come All Ye Faithful for Piano Trio

By Wade

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Piano Trio - Easy/Beginner - Digital Download
Composed by Wade. Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Christian, Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 5 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.297443).

Item Number: S0.297443

O Come All Ye Faithful arranged for piano trio ( piano, violin & cello) featuring a thought-provoking re-harmonization of the final verse.

O Come, All Ye Faithful

O Come, All Ye Faithful is an English translation of the LatinChristmas carol Adeste Fideles. No one knows exactly who wroteit. One theory holds that King John IV of Portugal (1604–1656)wrote it. Another theory says John F. Wade or John Reading wrote it. Nowadays,we usually attribute it to John Wade. Seems like StonyhurstCollege in Lancashire owns the oldest manuscript. It is from the year1751.


Frederick Oakeley, a Catholic priest in 1841 wrote the English translation.This translation is probably the most common in the English-speaking states. Tobegin with, the hymn had only four verses. Later, the verses grew to eight.Music directors often cut various verses because otherwise, the song goes toolong. Some believe that St. Bonaventure wrote the first Latin lyrics. Othershold that King John IV of Portugal is responsible. Yet evenothers think the Cistercian monks wrote them.

King John IV

His subjects called King John IV of Portugal "The MusicianKing." He became king in 1640. In addition to performing the duties of aking, he composed and wrote as a music journalist. King John built a very largemusic library. Unfortunately, the massive earthquake of Lisbon ruined thelibrary in 1755. In addition to building his library, the king started a MusicSchool that produced many accomplished musicians. The king also workeddiligently to get instrumental music approved by the Vatican for use in his churches.Aside from his authorship of Adeste Fideles, he is famous for anotherpopular choral setting of the Crux Fidelis, a prevalent Lenten hymn.

Performance in Context

Verses are sometimes left out because all eight verses would take too longto perform. More to the point though, some of the verses may be unsuitable forwhatever of the church calendar they are intended. The eighth verse deals withthe Epiphany, so it makes sense to sing this on Epiphany Sunday, but not otherSundays. Similarly, other verses are used according to whether the event isMidnight Mass or regular daytime Mass.

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