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Advent: Music

A topic guide on Advent.

Music for Advent

So much beautiful music has been composed for Advent. This page contains selections of music available either on CD or online.  The “Music Library Listening Center” is at the Northwestern University Library. Your NetID needed to access the online versions. Also, see the section of this LibGuide on reference resources for the background and history of Advent music.


Naxos Music Library

*Hint: To listen within the Naxos Music Library, select the piece and then use the "Play Selections" button on the left.

Cantatas. Vol. 13. Bach, Johann Sebastian

Fear and Rejoice, O People: Music for Advent and Christmas. St. John's College (University of Cambridge)

Music for Advent. Fenstermaker, John, Christopher Putnam and Grace Cathedral (San Francisco Calif.)

Sacred Choral Works. Jackson, Francis, Matthew Owens, David Bednall and Exon Singers

O Rising Dawn Music for Advent & Christmas. Opus Seven (Musical group)

The Messiah. Handel, George Frideric and Scholars (Musical group). Baroque Ensemble

Der Messias Messiah. Handel, George Frideric

On the Shelf

Cantatas. Bach, Johann Sebastian
Northwestern Music Library Listening Center CD24938

The Byrd Edition 1 Early Latin Church Music: Propers for Lady Mass in Advent. 
Northwestern Music Library Listening Center CD11567

Advent at St Paul's a Sequence of Music for Advent Sunday. St. Paul's Cathedral (London England). Byrd, William
Northwestern Music Library Listening Center CD11818

A Year at King's. King's College (University of Cambridge)
Northwestern Music Library Listening Center CD29763

Messiah. Handel, George Frideric
Northwstern Music Library Listening Center CD24378

Christmas Cantata. Pinkham, Daniel
Northwestern Music Library Listening Center CD6042