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 (alongside Hail, Blessed Virgin Mary and Sweet was the song the Virgin sang), 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.
You can follow the score while listening to Kantos’s performance in the video below:
The work is published by Chromata Music, presented in A4 format, 8pp, printed on matt coated 135gsm paper.
Those who wish to perform the work also have the options of purchasing a licensed download from which they can make their own copies, or hiring copies from the publisher.
Purchase price: 1-4 copies: £1.60 each / 5-15 copies: £1.44 each / 16-30 copies: £1.36 each / 31-50 copies: £1.28 each / 51+ copies: £1.20 each
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