Angels We Have Heard on High

Learn to play easy piano versions of "Angels We Have Heard on High".

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Program Notes

Angels We Have Heard on High is a popular Christmas carol that tells the story of the birth of Christ as found in the Gospel of Luke. The text comes from a traditional French carol of an unknown source. The English translation of the carol was completed by James Chadwick, the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle in Northeast England. The most common musical setting of the text is GLORIA by Edward Branes. It is an upbeat setting that is easy and exciting to sing. A favorite part of many carolers is the refrain of “Gloria in Excelsis Deo” (“Glory to God in the Highest”) that is sung to a colorful descending melismatic sequence.

You can download the free sheet music PDF arrangement of “Angels We Have Heard on High” by clicking the PDF icon above. This Paint with Piano arrangement for easy piano features hand drawn notation symbols and extra-large musical staffs.


Angels we have heard on high
Sweetly singing o’er the plains,
And the mountains in reply
Echoing their joyous strains.

Gloria, in excelsis Deo!
Gloria, in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds, why this jubilee?
Why your joyous strains prolong?
What the gladsome tidings be
Which inspire your heavenly song?


Come to Bethlehem and see
Christ Whose birth the angels sing;
Come, adore on bended knee,
Christ the Lord, the newborn King.


See Him in a manger laid,
Whom the choirs of angels praise;
Mary, Joseph, lend your aid,
While our hearts in love we raise.


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