Academic journal article The Hymn

Angels, from the Realms of Glory

Academic journal article The Hymn

Angels, from the Realms of Glory

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Angels, from the realms of glory by Malcolm Archer [SATB and organ]. Oxford University Press (X510)

This anthem is a work commissioned by the distinguished Portsmouth Grammar School in London. It was first performed by the school's chamber choir on December 11, 2009. Each year, the school commissions a Christmas carol, of which this anthem was evidently one.

Popularly associated with the tune regent square throughout the US, in the United Kingdom the text is traditionally connected to the French carol tune gloria (usually paired with "Angels we have heard on high" on this side of the Atlantic).

The well -loved Christmas text by James Montgomery has gained a new vitality under Malcolm Archer's original melody. Providing an enticing, toetapping, and exciting setting to the more familiar versions, this anthem demands secure singers at three levels. Rhythmically, it is set in a constant 7/8 meter, only briefly modified to an even 6/8 and 4/4 meter at major phrase endings. Harmonically, some astute movements engage the singers in sequences and modulations in a cappella sections. …

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