Angels We Have Heard on High

Christmas song
First published in 1843
Words by the Anglo-Irish priest James Chadwick

First verse:
Angels we have heard on high / Sweetly swinging o'er the plains, / and the mountains in reply / Echoing their joyous strains.

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“Angels We Have Heard on High” is a Christmas Carol based on the traditional French song “Les Anges dans nos campagnes” with English lyrics by James Chadwick. The chorus, however, is in Latin: “Gloria in excelsis Deo” can be translated to “Glory to God in the highest”.

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Angels We Have Heard on High (only melody)

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Tips on how to learn this song

The first thing to recognize is that the first two sections (bars 1-4 and 5-8) are identical. The tempo increases in the bars 9-11 with a higher frequency of eighteen notes. All in all, the melody is relatively simple with many open strings and only three frets involved.

The secondary thing to notice is the reprises and the volta brackets at the end (numbered 1 and 2). The first volta bracket is seen in the bar 14 and indicate that this is how the song should be played the first time. The second volta bracket seen in bar 15 is how the end should be played the second time.

Lyrics and chords

Angels We Have Heard on High chords in the key of DVerse 1:
(D)Angels we have (A)heard on (D)high
Sweetly swinging (A)o'er the (D)plains,
and the mountains (A)in re(D)ply
Echoing their (A)joyous (D)strains.

Chorus:
(D)Glo–(B7)o-o-o-o-(Em)o–(A)o-o-o-o-(D)o–(G)o-o-o-o-(A)o-ria (D)in excelsis De(A)o.
(D)Glo–(B7)o-o-o-o-(Em)o–(A)o-o-o-o-(D)o–(G)o-o-o-o-(A)o-ria (D)in excelsis (A)De(D)o.

Verse 2:
(D)Shepherds, why this (A)jubi(D)lee?
Why your joyous (A)strains pro(D)long?
Say what may the (A)tidings (D)be?
Which inspire your (A)heavenly (D)song?

Chorus:
(D)Glo–(B7)o-o-o-o-(Em)o–(A)o-o-o-o-(D)o–(G)o-o-o-o-(A)o-ria (D)in excelsis De(A)o.
(D)Glo–(B7)o-o-o-o-(Em)o–(A)o-o-o-o-(D)o–(G)o-o-o-o-(A)o-ria (D)in excelsis (A)De(D)o.

Verse 3:

(D)Come to Bethle(A)hem and (D)see
Him whose birth (A)the angels (D)sing;
Come, adore on (A)bended (D)knee
Christ the Lord, (A)the newborn (D)King.

Poetic and archaic words:
o'er = over

The chorus is characterized by the multitude of syllables in the word "Gloria": Glo – o-o-o-o-o – o-o-o-o-o – o-o-o-o-o - ria . If you are not familiar with the song, a suggestion is to listen to it perform by the Portland Choir & Orchestra.

There are possibilities to change to key by using a capo. These are the keys that the song would transpose in depending on which fret the capo is put:

Key, time, tuning and tempo

Information about "Angels We Have Heard on High" considering musical key, time signature, tuning and bpm.

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KEY

The (tab) version of Angels We Have Heard on High is played in the key of G.

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Time signature

The song is played in 4/4 tempo (counted one, two, three, four for each measure).

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Tuning

The song is normally played in standard tuning (EADGBE).

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Tempo (BPM)

The tempo in beats per minute is 120 for the presented version.

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