Christmas Songs day 17: Angels We Have Heard on High

This has long been a favorite carol of mine. I’d no longer say it’s my very favorite, but as a singer, I’m drawn to the power of the vocal line.

Even without English (the song was originally French, so I’m going to assume that’s what Bocelli was singing), you can get a sense of the power of the song, can’t you? And the English words match well, giving it the power to send a chill down your spine if done well. And it can be done so, so well.

The chorus is taken from Luke 2:13-4:

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

“Glory to God in the highest”

Or, in Latin, “Gloria in Excelsis Deo!”.

It makes a good song for a soloist, be it male, like David Archuleta:

Or female, like Christina Aguilera:

Or even an acapella group like the Pentatonix:

Finally, a christmas carol designed to show off the vocal range of the singer! It’s surprisingly unpopular considering it’s a showboat song that adapts well to multiple genres, but I did find a Glee version:

(Is it just not cool to stick to the melody line written in the song without adding in extra syncopation just for the sake of changing the rhythm?)

I keep hearing about this Josh Groban guy, but I confess to not knowing much about him. One of the things he’s famous for, apparently, is Christmas carols, so here’s his version:

Which is actually pretty nice, but a little underwhelming for the song, I think.

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3 Responses to Christmas Songs day 17: Angels We Have Heard on High

  1. Firedrake says:

    Bocelli’s version sounds Latin to me, even in the verses. (With something of an Italian accent, but nobody can really agree on how Latin was pronounced.)

    Mind you, I’m making a new rule for myself: as soon as anyone starts singing “whoa-oh” or “ah, ha, ooo-ooh”, I’m on to the next video. It may well work very well for many people, but I’m not one. Ah well.

    • yamikuronue says:

      This one’s technically a “Gloooo” 😉 I have to admit, part of my liking for the song is how much fun it is to sing. It’s like “Five Golden Rings” on steroids XD

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