Gabriel's Message

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Spanish traditional carol / Basque Spain ( スペイン バスク地方)
The angel Gabriel from Heaven came,
His wings asa drifted snow, his eyes as flame;
“All hail,” said he, “thou lowly maiden Mary,”
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

“For known, a blessed Mother thou shalt be,
All generations laud and honour thee,
Thy Son shall be Emmanuel, by seers foretold,”
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

Then gentle Mary meekly bowed her head,
“To me be as it pleaseth God,” she said;
“My soul shall laud and magnify his holy name,”
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria!

Of her Emmanuel the Christ was born.
In Bethlehem all on a Christmas morn.
And Christian folk throughout the world will ever say,
Most highly favoured lady, Gloria! Gloria!


Audio Track Commentary

Stingの冬のアルバムで初めてこの曲に出会い、すっかり魅了されてしまった。
調べたところ、Stingは原曲の主旋律を少しアレンジして歌っているが、私は原曲に忠実に歌うことにした。
原曲のメロディーから、なぜかスペインの教会の空気を感じるから。
(小島 美紀)