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Thread #141958   Message #3271861
Posted By: Artful Codger
10-Dec-11 - 11:50 PM
Thread Name: Tune Req: The Angel Gabriel From God Was Sent
Subject: RE: Tune Req: The Angel Gabriel From God Was Sent
And to clarify, as I mentioned in another thread on "The Angel Gabriel", Baring-Gould's tune--the one now most familiar for the "highly favored lady" text--comes from the Basque carol "Birjina gaztettobat zegoen", first published in a collection compiled by Charles Bordes in 1895. The Basque and Baring-Gould versions may also be found in The New Oxford Book of Carols, #196. The Basque text, as for all the English variants, derives from the 13th c. "Angelus ad virginem", but the tune is unrelated to the earlier tunes.

In short, Baring-Gould's remark about Basque origin has no bearing on the text of "The angel Gabriel from God was sent" nor on the Devonshire tune printed in Sandys, Gilbert, and The Oxford Book of Carols (Dearmer/RVW).