Gabriel's Oboe


Composer: Ennio Morricone
Performer: various
Category: Classical

Gabriel's Oboe is the main theme from the movie The Mission, released in 1986. It features (naturally) an oboe melody against an orchestral backdrop, though other instrumentalists have succeeded in having Morricone allow arrangements featuring other solo instruments (such as Yo-Yo Ma and his cello).

It is a truly exquisite piece of music, and is so lovely in a wedding ceremony. I myself have played as accompanist for a violinist at a wedding, which is actually the first time I came across the music for Gabriel's Oboe, having never seen The Mission personally.

Interestingly, several singers have used Gabriel's Oboe as a basis for lyrics - Sarah Brightman succeeded in getting Morricone to allow her to compose her own song Nella Fantasia, using the oboe melody. And Morricone himself actively encouraged soprano Hayley Westenra to compose English lyrics to the melody (Whispers In a Dream, on her Paradiso album).

There is also a choral Christmas arrangement (Tom Fettke's The Annunciation) of Christina Rossetti's poem Love Came Down At Christmas which utilizes Morricone's music for the voice of the Archangel.


Sheet music (piano solo)
Sheet music - Nella Fantasia (piano/vocal)


LYRICS

Sarah Brightman's "Nella Fantasia"

Italian

Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo giusto,
Lì tutti vivono in pace e in onestà.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.

Nella fantasia io vedo un mondo chiaro,
Lì anche la notte è meno oscura.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano.

Nella fantasia esiste un vento caldo,
Che soffia sulle città, come amico.
Io sogno d'anime che sono sempre libere,
Come le nuvole che volano,
Pien' d'umanità in fondo all'anima.


English

In my fantasy I see a just world
Where everyone lives in peace and honesty
I dream of souls that are always free
Like a cloud that floats
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul

In my fantasy I see a bright world
Where each night there is less darkness
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the cloud that floats

In my fantasy exists a warm wind
That breathes into the city, like a friend
I dream of souls that are always free
Like the cloud that floats
Full of humanity in the depths of the soul

Hayley Westenra's "Whispers In a Dream"

Whispers in a dream
The world is quiet and waiting
And all around the air is still
And sings the angel.

When all has come to pass,
The storm has breathed its last
And the rain has washed the fears away
Love will fall.

Whispers in the wind
The clouds part to let the light in
And all around the people sigh,
As birds take to the sky.

When all has come to pass,
The storm has breathed its last
And the rain has washed their fears away
Love will fall on us all.
The world will smile again.

Whispers in a dream
The world is quiet and waiting
And all around the air is still
Then sings the angel.

When all has come to pass,
The storm has breathed its last
And the rain has washed their fears away,
Love will fall on us all.
And we can smile again.


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