A sound of angels (Christopher Tye)

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  • (Posted 2017-12-04)  CPDL #47876:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-12-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2008-08-13)  CPDL #17898:     
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2008-08-13).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: A sound of angels

Composer: Christopher Tye

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Written ca. 1553
First published: 1973 in Anthems for Choirs
Description: Contrafactum of In those dayes as the nombre playne.

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Original text and translations

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A sound of angels from afar
Fills all the quiet air,
And Ah! how full of gladness are
The tidings that they bear.
The shepherds run to Bethlem town
To see a wondrous sight.
The Lord of Lords to earth come down
Is born for men tonight,
Yeah, Christ is born, our heav’nly king,
Salvation now is nigh,
So all mankind with angels sing
Glory to God on high.