New Music Friday: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came

Yesterday, March 25, was the Feast of the Annunciation, when many Christian denominations celebrate the Archangel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary that she would become the mother of Jesus. This week’s featured new work is an arrangement  by Robert Longfield of a Basque Christmas carol about this event: “The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came.”

“The Angel Gabriel From Heaven Came” is an ancient Basque Christmas carol of unknown authorship. It originates from the 13th century and is also known by the title “Gabriel’s Message.”

About This Arrangement

As the time signatures shift between 6/8 and 9/8 the dotted 1/4 note always gets the beat. The harmonics in the violins should sound two octaves above the open D and A strings. The melody should be played in a smooth, legato style. It is suggested that the piano part be played on a harpsichord or on a synthesizer with a harpsichord setting.

About Robert Longfield

Robert Longfield, a native of Grand Rapids, MI, is an award winning composer, arranger, conductor, and educator. He has degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Miami where his teachers included Elizabeth Green, Jerry Bilik, Dr. William D. Revelli, and Dr. Alfred Reed.

Mr. Longfield was a music educator in the public schools of Michigan and Florida for over forty years. He is currently the conductor of the Greater Miami Symphonic Band.
Mr. Longfield has over five hundred publications to his credit, including several commissions. His compositions and arrangements have been performed and recorded throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Europe, Japan, and other countries.


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