Daniel Pinkham was a composer of symphonies, operas, choral works, film scores and numerous organ works. For forty years he was music director at King’s Chapel, Boston, and was on the faculty of the New England Conservatory of Music. In 1990 he received the AGO Composer of the Year award.
At the beginning of a new church year, we look back to some of the oldest music in the Christian Church. Chant was adapted from the Jewish worship and became the basis for music in the Western world. "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" is a 12th century Latin poem adapted from 9th century antiphons set to a 15th century French tune.
His variations are on the famous tune first published in Southern Harmony (1835). They were composed and dedicated to Andrew Paul Holman, who first performed them in 1992.