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Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus


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kristyjo

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For the third Sunday in Advent, I decided to post one of my favorite Advent hymns; "Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus". Actually, I'm not posting the song, only one of the tunes that I know this hymn can be sung to, which is 'Hyfrodol'. This arrangement is for flute, oboe, guitar, piano and bass. It took me over a year to write, because I had a difficult time getting everything just right. I took a few months to let it sit, and work with it some more, and I'm quite satisfied with this particular arrangement. This was written in 2006, and has been posted elsewhere, and I noted that it has been linked to by a church website and a Catholic devotional site, so I decided to share it here, too. The album art is a picture of the big window in our church. Enjoy the holidays!
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Lyrics
Come, Thou long-expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.
From our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in Thee.
Israel's strength and consolation, hope of all the world thou art.
Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.
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Plays: 126
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Uploaded: Dec 14, 2008 - 02:03:53 PM
Last Updated: Dec 14, 2008 - 02:09:20 PM Last Played: Jan 17, 2017 - 01:50:27 PM
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Comments
Feter said 3288 days ago (December 14th, 2008)
Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus
What sweet and gorgeous arrangment ..loved the feel here with the wonderous
ensemble ..so delicate and spiritual with all the flow feelings ...just awesome
thnx alot for sharin !!!!
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kristyjo said 3281 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Feter-
You're always here first! Maybe I should give out a prize! Anyway, thank you for your listening ear and your supportive comments.
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paul f. page said 3288 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
This tune...
...is also one of my favorites, too. You have done such a beautiful job with it: delicate arrangement of flute and oboe with really restrained piano and bass. The dialogue sections are delightful and you have added beautiful rhythmic touches in the keyboard in the last section. Like I've said before, your assembly is awfully lucky to have you as its resident composer.
Peace.
Paul
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kristyjo said 3281 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Paul-
Thanks for listening. I've been incredibly busy with school and church concerts this past week. Now, only organ playing on Christmas Eve, which I really enjoy!Merry Christmas!
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Henke said 3288 days ago (December 15th, 2008)
A hymn favorite of mine too
The music that is, we have some other text in Swedish, of course. You've done it great justice here, enjoyed the listen and hope to enjoy the holidays too! Only four work days left now!

Stay well!

/Henke
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kristyjo said 3281 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Thanks, Henke -
I love how the best tunes are used in so many traditions and languages! It is one of the strong points of hymnody that I fear is slowly falling away. Enjoy your vacation from work, and Merry Christmas!
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Moviz said 3287 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Long time
no post, but this is worth the wait. Wonderful combination of instruments and musicianship and a lovely arrangement; very seasonal, regards M
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kristyjo said 3280 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
M-
I'm so glad you enjoyed it. The best of the season to you!
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Roxylee said 3287 days ago (December 16th, 2008)
Thank you for doing this one
I always liked this tune, but didn't know what it was called. You did a wonderful job arranging this, Kristy. Every note is placed so perfectly and sweetly. I'm glad you had time to give us such a special Christmas gift. :-)
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kristyjo said 3280 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
This is a nice 'adventy' song
But it isn't the dark, brooding kind. (Which I also like, but in a different way.) Thanks for listening, and I'm glad you liked this arrangement.
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said 3282 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
very upbeat
arrangement, and the instrumentation is very nice, a job well done. Sometimes you have to let the pot of stew boil for a while before you add or adjust the spices to make make it taste just right...

. - Harold
kristyjo said 3280 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
Yup-
Letting the pot stew often leads to some better ideas. I'm glad I waited to finish this up. Sometimes patience is an important part of the process.
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davisamerica said 3282 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
kristy
i have become such a fan of yours .... this is wonderful
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davisamerica said 3282 days ago (December 20th, 2008)
BTW ...
one of my favorite Christmas tunes .... Thank You !
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VicDiesel said 3282 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Do you play guitar?
Sweet melodies, and a gentle arrangement.

However..... Your guitar part sounds very piano-ish. Surprise, you're probably playing it on a keyboard -- or are you pencilling it in? Anyway, that syncopated chord stuff is just not idiomatic for guitar, and it sounds quite unreal. Also unnecessary because you seem to be doubling the guitar with the piano quite a bit.
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kristyjo said 3281 days ago (December 21st, 2008)
Yes, I do-
I majored on classical guitar in college. Although this is a software version, it is playable on guitar. I'm puzzled, though, by what you're hearing. The first half is single line guitar counter-melody. Then, at the key change, I switch to strummed chords, and then go back to counter melody for the coda - The syncopated melody is completely played by the piano voice, because, as you say, it fits that voice better idiomatically. Perhaps more separation between the voices would make that more distinct, or perhaps a different piano voice? The guitar voice is my own twiddle with the jampack classical guitar voice, (In real life, I have a slightly brittle tone with a 'thumpy' attack, not as dulcet as I'd like, but it helps me get an idea of what an arrangement will really sound like when it's played.)

I have an alternative arrangement of this tune for clarinet, bassoon and guitar, which our family trio plays. On that version, my thumb gets a workout, because I use the bassline as the rhythmic pulse, and occasionally play the whole chord using pima freestroke using the same syncopated motive you noted here.

Thanks for the close listening, and the comments. Hearing other people's perceptions of my music is the only way I can improve on my writing. Some day, I may play real, live classical guitar and record it, but that will be after a few hundreds of hours of practice - only retirement & kids moving out will give me that:)
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VicDiesel said 3281 days ago (December 22nd, 2008)
On relistening
Ok, I've listened to it again, and I have misinterpreted what I heard. You're right, the first half is indeed single line on the guitar. Somehow those staccato chords come out sounding like part of the guitar line. Not sure why I have that feeling. Maybe their attacks are too precise, coming exactly on the beat? Have you pencilled this, or did you quantize parts?

It's really a charming piece, and you do a great job on the polyphony between the different parts.
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Andronis said 3265 days ago (January 6th, 2009)
Hurrah for Advent!
I'm behind the times now posting after Advent, Christmas, and even Epiphany, but I wanted to catch up on your music and this one caught my attention since I was in charge of planning an Advent Lessons and Carols service at church this year. I only wished I'd checked MacJams during Advent, because this would've been wonderful to use at the service. :)
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Gary_Lester said 2905 days ago (January 2nd, 2010)
Come, Thou Long Expected jesus
Hi kristyjo. You put a lot of work into this song and and the results are wonderful to my ear. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it.
Beautiful, peaceful, elegant and memorable.
Musical treasure!
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Name: Kristine Johanek
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I've been performing, composing and teaching music for many years. I enjoy arranging traditional and classic pieces, and also enjoy composing original music. I'll write for whomever will perform my music, so I've written for children's choirs, co... [see more]

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