A collection of specially-chosen easy Christmas pieces for viola, with piano accompaniment.
We Wish you a Merry Christmas
We Wish You a Merry Christmas is a popular sixteenth-century English carol from the West Country of England. The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as figgy puddings that were very much like modern day Christmas puddings. It is one of the few English traditional carols that makes mention of the New Year celebration and is often the last song carolers sing, wishing all good tidings and happy spirits at Christmastime.
The carol of the bells really captures the warm glow of Christmas. The repeating melody sounds like the repeating chime of a bell, but interestingly that's not how it started life. The piece was composed by Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych, it was originally called Schedryk and tells the story of a swallow. It became popular in the West after English lyrics were added by Peter J. Wilhousky
Regularly topping lists of favourite Christmas carols, O Holy Night combines a haunting melody with lyrics describing the birth of Jesus. The melody reaches a passionate climax with the words "O night divine" - guaranteed to send shivers down your spine and bring lashings of Christmas cheer!
The song Jingle Bells was originally called One Horse Open Sleigh. It was written in 1857 by James Lord Pierpont and was originally meant for Thanksgiving. Today of course it is one of the best loved Christmas songs all over the world.
Hark the Herald Angels Sing is a bit of a Christmas mash-up. The tune we know today was originally written by Felix Mendelssohn from his Choral Cantata Festgesang, but the words came from Methodist Charles Wesley almost a hundred years earlier
God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen, also known as God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, and God Rest You Merry People All, is an English traditional Christmas carol. The melody is in the minor mode. It was published by William B. Sandys in 1833, although the author is unknown.
"Ding Dong Merrily on High" is a Christmas carol. The tune first appeared as a secular dance tune known under he title "Branle de l'Official" in Orchésographie, a dance book written by Jehan Tabourot (1519-1593). The lyrics are from English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848-1934),