Gabriel's message (Traditional)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2018-06-01)   CPDL #49941:     
Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2018-06-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 126 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC ND
Edition notes: SATB with S & Bar soloists
Arranger: Jason Smart
  • (Posted 2017-11-20)   CPDL #47600:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Arranger: Edgar Pettman
  • (Posted 2015-12-18)   CPDL #37908:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2015-12-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
Arranger: Edgar Pettman
  • CPDL #21467:      Network.png
Editor: J. Ashley Hall (submitted 2010-04-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright © 2008 by John Ashley Hall. Non-commercial use is permitted. TTBB
Arranger: J. Ashley Hall
  • CPDL #07028:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #06144:      (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Andrew Crookall (submitted 2003-11-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #02093:  Network.png PDF and MP3 instrumental file.
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2001-02-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Organ and optional other solo instrument

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  • CPDL #37210:     
Editor: Francesco Spiga (submitted 2015-10-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 181 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The same setting as #37209, transposed up a fifth, for SAT.
Arranger: Francesco Spiga
  • CPDL #37209:     
Editor: Francesco Spiga (submitted 2015-10-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 180 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: For ATB. Lyrics in Basque and English.
Arranger: Francesco Spiga

General Information

Title: Gabriel's Message or The Angel Gabriel
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)
Lyricist: Sabine Baring-Gould (Translator)

Number of voices: 3 or 4vv   Voicing: SATB, ATB or SAT
Genre: SacredCarolFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Description: Gabriel's Message, or The angel Gabriel from heaven came (Basque: Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen) is a Basque Christmas folk carol about the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. It quotes the biblical account of that event (Luke 1:26-38) and Mary's Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55).

It was translated into English by Sabine Baring-Gould and is best known from that version. It was also made famous on the album A Very Special Christmas, as performed by recording artist Sting, who in his version replaces the word "Christian" with the word "everyone".

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Gabriel's message.