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Angels We Have Heard on High

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Les Taylor

Traditional French carol arranged by Les Taylor

General Info

Year: 2007
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Carol
Publisher: BRS Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $70.00   |   Score Only (print) - $5.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute II
Oboe I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Claves
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Shakers
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This setting of the classic carol Angels We Have Heard On High was written for the annual PBS broadcast of Candles and Carols from Anderson University. It explores subtle harmonic and stylistic changes and makes use of another traditional hymn in “telling the old, old story,” in a fresh musical approach. This arrangement has plenty of contrasts throughout to keep this old carol from losing its drive and impact.

- Program Note from publisher

Angels We Have Heard on High is a Christmas carol with the lyrics written by James Chadwick, Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle, to the music from a French song called Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. The music is the same as the original song, though Chadwick's lyrics, albeit unique and original, are clearly derived and inspired, and in parts a loose translation. The song’s subject is the birth of Jesus Christ narrated in the Gospel of Luke, specifically the scene in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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