Les Anges Dans Nos Campagnes

    Les anges dans nos campagnes
    Ont entonné l'hymne des cieux
    Et l'écho de nos montagnes
    Redit ce chant mélodieux
    Gloria in excelsis Deo!

    Bergers, pour qui cette fête
    Quel-est l'objet de tous ces chants?
    Quel vainqueur, quelle conquête
    Mérite ces cris triomphants?
    Gloria in excelsis Deo!

    Il est né, le Dieu de gloire
    Terre, tressaille de bonheur
    Que tes hymnes de victoire
    Chantent, célèbrent ton Sauveur!

    The angels in our campaigns
    [Entonné?] the anthem of the skies 
    And the echo of our mountains
    Repeated this melodious song
    Gloria in excelsis Deo! 

    Shepherds, for whom is this festival? 
    What is the object of all these songs? 
    Which winner, which conquest 
    Deserves these triumphing cries? 
    Gloria in excelsis Deo! 

    He was born, God of glory 
    Earth, [tressaille?] of happiness 
    That your anthems of victory
    Sing, celebrate your Saviour! 

    This is a traditional French carol from the eighteenth century. The rhythmic groove is written right into it. Our treatment started out with the intention of trying to get close to the song's roots, so I played it on the dulcimer, but somehow it acquired a kind of pan-ethnic overlay. These things will happen.


    Marco Giunco
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