Sheet Music: Angels from the Realms of Glory

TitleAngels from the Realms of Glory
Alternate titlesRegent Square
ComposerHenry Thomas Smart (1813–1879)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature4/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time0:25
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-12-08
Last updated2010-12-08
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Wednesday 8 December 2010

Tune of the Day: Angels from the Realms of Glory

English Christmas carol

The poem “Angels from the Realms of Glory” was written in 1916 by English poet James Montgomery. Before 1928, the hymn was sung to a variety of tunes, including “Lewes” by John Randall, and “Wildersmouth” or “Feniton Court” by Edward Hopkins. In the United States, the hymn is today most commonly sung to the tune of “Regent Square”, published in 1867 by Henry Smart. In the United Kingdom, however, the hymn came to be sung to the French carol tune “Iris” (the tune used for “Angels We Have Heard on High”) after this setting was published in the Oxford Book of Carols, except that the “Gloria in excelsis Deo” refrain is sung in place of Montgomery's original lyrics.