Often performed during Advent celebrations, "Angelus ad Virginem" is a fourteenth-century Irish carol depicting the Angel Gabriel's visit to Mary. The cheerful melody is accompanied by Latin text, of which first manuscripts date back to a 1361 mass book found in Dublin.
In 1929, acclaimed photographer Ansel Adams, an accomplished pianist as well, chose "Angelus ad Virginem" as the welcoming number at the medieval Bracebridge Christmas Dinner at Yosemite National Park. The piece became part of the celebration's annual tradition.
Make "Angelus ad Virginem" part of your musical holiday tradition when you download its sheet music for free this December, and transform your music room into a merry medieval holiday festival.