These familiar words have been given a very different treatment to that of the often-performed French carol. Scored for SATB choir with divisi, there is more of the sense of the drama of Gabriel’s annunciation – both the blaze of his appearance and a tenderness towards Mary.
The melodic material is largely constant between the verses, but with different textural and harmonic treatment, fitting the mood of the words.
Written as one of a set of Three Marian Carols, this is a challenging piece for an accomplished choir, and would suit both a dramatic slot in a carol service or a concert performance.
It received its world premiere in November 2016, during a Service of Lessons and Carols for Advent in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, Ontario, Canada.
An idea of how it sounds can be heard in this synthesised representation via Sibelius 7:
The publication by Chromata Music is presented in A4 format, 8pp, printed on matt coated 135gsm paper.
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