Hark! the herald angels sing (Felix Mendelssohn)

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See also: An arrangement of Gavotte from J. S. Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D which sets the same text and has a very similar melody.

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See also:

Christmas Songbook
As with gladness men of old (Hark! the herald angels sing) (Felix Mendelssohn) in an arrangement by M. Ryan Taylor.
Hark! How all the welkin rings (H. E. Wooldridge) (different tune and harmonization, with original Wesley text)
  • (Posted 2018-07-22)   CPDL #50633:   
Editor: Francis Melville (submitted 2018-07-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 34 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: SATB unaccompanied
Arranger: Francis Melville
  • (Posted 2017-11-20)   CPDL #47598:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2010-05-26)   CPDL #21523:          (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Micah Brandhandler (submitted 2010-04-22).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 37 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Melody only. Contains two verses only, the second of which varies Wesley's 6 & 5. This version is derived from the 1917 edition of "55 Songs and Choruses for Community Singing".
MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #18458:  Network.png
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-31).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 28 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #14546:     
Editor: Reinhold Kainhofer (submitted 2007-07-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 149 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arrangement by William H. Cummings, 1856
  • CPDL #12815:      (Finale 2005)
Editor: Charles H. Giffen (submitted 2006-10-12).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: Personal This edition may be freely copied, distributed, perfomed or recorded. Please inform the arranger of any performances of this work.
Edition notes: Double descants (for ST, SS, or TT) by the arranger. Text as given in The Hymnal 1982 of The Episcopal Church
Arranger: Charles H. Giffen
  • CPDL #11627:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif
Editor: Andrew Hawryluk (submitted 2006-05-06).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 108 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: arranged for TTBB voices.
Arranger: Andrew Hawryluk
  • CPDL #07047:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:
  • CPDL #01704:  Network.png GIF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Edition notes: adapted by William H. Cummings

German.png In German, "Gott sei Dank, durch alle Welt"

  • CPDL #30509:       
Editor: Johannes Becker (submitted 2013-11-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Arr.: William H. Cummings, 1856. German words by Martin Held, 1658

Spanish.png In Spanish, "Gloria al Niño"

  • CPDL #02355:  Network.png
Editor: Abel Di Marco (submitted 2001-03-23).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 6.64 MB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes:

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  • CPDL #18845:        (Sibelius 3) (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Andris Solims (submitted 2009-01-28).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 91 kB   Copyright: Religious
Edition notes: Latvian title: Debespulks dzied apstarots. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, adapted by William H. Cummings
Lyricist: Charles Wesley (1707-1788) ('Hymn for Christmas Day' in Hymns and Sacred Poems), 1739

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, TTBB
Genre: SacredCarolDescant   Meter: 77. 77. D with refrain

Languages: English, Spanish, German
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1840


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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Hark! the herald angels sing.