Song Of Mary
adapted/music by Mike Wilson
"Song Of Mary" is a new musical setting of the old Basque text known as "Gabriel's Message" or "The Angel Gabriel." The text is based on the biblical account of the Annunciation to the Virgin Mary. It is packed full of theology, the summary of which is that, with total free will, Mary's consent to the Angel's message ushered in the Incarnation.
This 3-part mixed arrangement allows the young men in your older choirs to be involved, though parts 2 and 3 are optional. After a string and horn flourish in the introduction, verse one settles into gentle unison vocals accompanied by a flowing, arpeggiated piano. The celli reintroduce the strings as we head into verse two. Parts 2 and 3 now echo and support the melody line, then combine and intertwine with it to create a joyful 3-part chorus. Verse three is treated as verse two, then breaks down into a soft, tender opening of verse four. It culminates as the orchestra and all vocals join back in for the last two choruses. Make sure to emphasize the dynamics and when you sing the line "Most highly favored lady. Gloria." de-emphasize the last syllable of "lady" for a professional touch. As this is a religious text, it should be treated with reverence.
We have isolated both parts 2 and 3 for teaching, as well as an a cappella version of this piece to use for inspiration, rehearsal, or just the joy of listening.
Text is taken from Music K-8 magazine.