Angels We Have Heard on High

“Tidings of the Angels” piano medley – find the sheet music here.

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven,and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Luke 2:13-14 (NIV)
Tidings of the Angels Piano Sheet Music
“Tidings of the Angels” piano medley – find the sheet music here.

A French Christmas carol (noël) from the Languedoc region, both text and tune to Angels We Have Heard on High is believed to have been written sometime during the eighteenth century. Its tune, Gloria, was adapted in England in 1816 to use a different Christmas text, James Montgomery’s Angels from the Realms of Glory, before English Roman Catholic Bishop James Chadwick translated the French text Les Anges dans nos campagnes – literally Angels in our countryside – into English in 1862 giving back the original lyrics to the tune Gloria.

With all these angels from the realms running around the countryside, I thought it would be great to create Tidings of the Angels, a piano medley matching the tune Gloria (Angels We Have Heard on High) and the tune Regent Square (used in the United States for Angels from the Realms of Glory) with a third tune, Mendelssohn (Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.) I tried to capture some of the joy of both angels and shepherds (and all of us, really) at the glorious news of a newborn Savior. Enjoy!

Come to Bethlehem and see
him whose birth the angels sing;
come, adore on bended knee
Christ the Lord, the new-born King.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Gloria in excelsis Deo!


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