Gabriel's Message

I see this carol as a scene: Mary sits in the dark when light gently breaks in the room as the angel Gabriel reveals himself and slowly unfolds his wings (the opening phrase is meant to convey this). The rest of the piece is essentially a quiet waltz of profound, inner joy between the angel and the maiden.

I decided to use the Basque in the first verse because it adds to the mysterious quality of the music.  Aside from that it’s the language the carol was originally written in and, as such, has certain desirable qualities in the combinations of consonants and vowels that the English translation doesn’t (imagine Joy to the World sung in German: “Heiterkeit zur Welt”).

Gabriel’s Message was commissioned by The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists and received its premiere on December 3, 2005.  It is dedicated with love to Matthew and Melissa Culloton.  The composer owes a special debt of gratitude to Argitxu Camus of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada in Reno.


Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.