Gabriel's Message: "The Angel Gabriel from heaven came" is a Christmas song that is almost unknown. It makes a lovely vocal duet - now updated and SIMPLIFIED.
This free online Christmas music for a capella singers "Gabriel's Message" is a haunting and very beautiful old carol. Also check out my link below to access a very pretty piano arrangement.
This is my 2-part arrangement for unaccompanied singers.
Scroll down the page to access the free printable PDF links.
The Choir of Winchester Cathedral sings a traditional arrangement of Gabriel's Message:
Page two of the duet "Gabriel's Message":
My arrangement has enough harmonic dissonance in it to give it an other-worldly flavor, but the feeling is more medieval than contemporary.
Are you interested in a piano version of Gabriel's Message?
Jump over to my new teeny-tiny website, SingTheBibleStory.com to get a look at this piece of music.
One version comes with fingering; the other does not.
Lead sheets too.
I've made a new vocal duet version, below, with letters in the notes for the weak pianists (or non-pianist singers), who must take the music home and learn it with little help:
I've changed my original arrangement a bit to make it easier.
The dissonant seconds and the tritone require confidence for small groups to sing, so I decided to clean the harmonies up a bit.
How hard is this duet for young singers?
The soprano melody is lovely and easy; the alto part is tricky (for a beginning choir) and requires careful attention to the notes, as there is much step-wise motion back and forth, and slurs that look deceptively like ties.
After singing it with the words, my choir sang it with the counting. ("3, 1-2, 3, 1-2, 3, 1-2" etc.) This is always a good way to "burn" the counting in.
Also called "The Angel Gabriel" and "The Basque Carol," it is believed that this carol was "found" by French composer Charles Bordes (1863-1909) while researching traditional Basque music.
The English translation was written by Sabine Baring-Gould (1834-1924).
I hope you and your students come to love this evocative carol as much as I do!
The vocal links:
Hello - I just want to say THANK YOU so much for the duet version of Oh Holy night (in Bb too!), which is great, as I have two students at school that are going to sing this in a concert in 3 weeks. With not much time and no budget, it is so nice to find an arrangement! Thank you.
I just purchased O Holy Night to use as a duet for Christmas Eve Mass. Thank you so much for this simple, easy to read version as my vocalists are not professional and this music won't be quite so intimidating as other arrangements I have. Your expertise is much appreciated!! Merry Christmas!