Angels From The Realms Of Glory: Mastering Christmas Carols on the Piano and Keyboard


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Angels from the Realms of Glory

As part of our mastering Christmas carols on piano and keyboard series, here’s our guide to playing Angels From The Realms Of Glory.

Angels From the Realms of Glory: Introduction

Angels From The Realms of Glory is written here in C major, which is a comfortable key for most people to sing it in, and is in 4/4 time — that is there are four beats in every measure (bar).

Note that this melody is one fairly commonly used in the United Kingdom. I am aware that there are other melodies available for this carol as well as the similar “Angels We Have Heard On High”. This is the version that I have most commonly sung in British churches.

Angels From the Realms of Glory: Main Melody

Here’s the complete melody written out on the treble clef stave, as you’d play it with the right hand:

Angels From The Realms of Glory score

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Note that bars 1-4 and 5-8 have the same melody. Also bars 9-14 and 15-20 are identical.

Here’s what it sounds like:

And with a metronome click:

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Those notes are:

E E E E G | G F E C | E E E E G | G F E |
E E E E G | G F E C | E E E E G | G F E |
G A G F E | F G F E D | E F E D C | D G | C D E F | E D |
G A G F E | F G F E D | E F E D C | D G | C D E F | E D | C |

Angels From the Realms of Glory: Single Note Bass Line

Here’s how to add single bass notes to add some harmony. Most notes are half notes (minims) with some whole notes (semibreves).

Angels From The Realms Of Glory simple bass score

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Here’s what it sounds like:

And with a metronome click:

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Angels From the Realms of Glory: Melody with Chords and Bass

The final version features the playing of chords in the right hand, with the melody as the highest note.

Angels From The Realms Of Glory chords score

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Here’s what it sounds like:

And with a metronome click:

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Angels From the Realms of Glory: Lead Sheet

Here’s a lead sheet for the carol, featuring lyrics, melody line and simple chords.

Angels From The Realms Of Glory lead hseet

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Angels From the Realms of Glory: Lyrics

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth:
Come and worship
Christ, the new-born king;
come and worship,
worship Christ the new-born king.

Shepherds, in the fields abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the infant Light;
Come and worship
Christ, the new-born king;
come and worship,
worship Christ the new-born king.

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star;
Come and worship
Christ, the new-born king;
come and worship,
worship Christ the new-born king.

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear:
Come and worship
Christ, the new-born king;
come and worship,
worship Christ the new-born king.

Though an infant now we view him,
he will share his Father’s throne,
gather all the nations to him;
every knee shall then bow down:
Come and worship
Christ, the new-born king;
come and worship,
worship Christ the new-born king.

I hope you find this guide useful for helping you to play Angels From The Realms of Glory.

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