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Gabriel's message (Traditional)

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English.png In English

  • (Posted 2015-12-18)   CPDL #37908:  Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif Sibelius Sibelius.png
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2015-12-18).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Arranger: Edgar Pettmanncreate page
  • 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
Edition notes:
Editor: Andrew Crookall (submitted 2003-11-27).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: CPDLl
Edition notes: Sibelius file retrieved through http://archive.org. XML file is zipped into MXL one.
  • 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

Basque.png In Basque, "Birjina gaztetto bat zegoen"

  • CPDL #37210:  Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif
Editor: Francesco Spiga (submitted 2015-10-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 181 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The same arrangement, transposed up a fifth, for SAT.
Arranger: Francesco Spigacreate page
  • CPDL #37209:  Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif
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 Spigacreate page

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


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.