Performance Insights

Hark the Herald Angels Sing

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The text of this well-known carol, written by Charles Wesley, was published in a collection entitled Hymns and Sacred Poems in 1739. Wesley's work began with "Hark! how all the welkin rings, glory to the King of Kings". The antiquated word "welkin" was understood at that time to mean "sky", "upper air", "firmament, or "heavens." George Whitefield, we assume with the consent of Wesley, adapted the beginning phrase to read as it does today.

Wesley coupled his text to a hymntune of his choosing which is not the one we know today. Regarding the melody familiar to us, around one hundred years later William H. Cummings arranged Wesley's adapted hymntext to music from a cantata by Felix Mendelssohn


Donna Hardin has set the composition in three parts for groups with changing voices (SCB) or changed voices (SAB). Optional notes have been included in Part III to fit singing range of adolescent baritones. The director may assign the pitches that are most comfortable for each individual. The delightful melody travels from part to part in an effort to fit the melody to the range best suited.

Click the Three-part Variable Chart to review how it may be sung with different ages and voicings. 


Words:  Charles Wesley (adapted by George Whitefield)

Music by Felix Mendelssohn (adapted by William H. Cummings)

Arranged by Donna Hardin

Three--part Variable Voicing with Piano

CP Catalog #SC1201202


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