Christmas Music and Carols

Christmas Snowman with Guitar Christmas is a universal time of celebration, though the event is celebrated in different ways by different communities across the world. While Christmas is a single day, the Christmas period often involves a lot of preparations starting in November or even earlier. For many people Christmas also involves Music, and there are special pieces of music which are strongly associated with Christmas and rarely heard outside the Christmas period. A number of classical composers have written Christmas music and we list a number of examples later in this article but first let us consider the topic of Christmas Songs.

carol singers singing at christmas Among the many songs we hear at Christmas are Christmas Carols, traditionally sung by Christmas carollers. Some Carols are Hymns celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, while other Carols are Folk Songs about Christmas events. There are also many popular songs about Christmas which have also become traditional. To become a "Christmas Song" you only have to mention or suggest snow, snowmen, sleigh-rides, Santa Claus, bells, reindeer or a Christmas tree. Once you have written a successful Christmas Song, you can be assured that it will be played regularly on radio or television, in shops and in other public places.

Traditional Christmas Carols - sheet music, midi and mp3 files

Our Christmas sheet music is provided in a number of different versions, to cater for a range of different musical instruments. The main page for the following Carols shows the piano sheet music, but from there you can download sheet music for different instruments, and also midi and mp3 versions of the arrangements:

Christmas Carols - guitar arrangements

And here are a number of quite different arrangements for guitar by our friend Glenn Jarrett:

Christmas Carols - other arrangements

All our piano arrangements (listed above) include music for other instruments plus piano accompaniment. Here is a selection of examples to illustrate these arrangements, and within each piece sheet music is included so that the lead instrument can be replaced by many others:

Christmas Sheet Music by Classical and Film Composers

illustration of christmas bells You may have noticed that the music for some of the Christmas Carols above was composed by Classical composers. Other Christmas music by classical composers includes Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Handel's Messiah (with the famous Hallelujah Chorus), Corelli's Christmas Concerto, Berlioz's L'enfance du Christ (The Childhood of Christ) and Tchaikovsky's ballet "The Nutcracker". A popular piece from The Nutcracker is "The Sugar Plum Fairy" and on mfiles we have the sheet music for the Original Orchestral Version and this Arrangement for Piano. Here are some further suggestions for Christmas Music on external sites including classical, film and television music:

Christmas Carols on CD

There are many good collections of Christmas Carols on CD or for download. Here is a small selection of Christmas albums with the focus on traditional Carols:

Here is a colourful Musical Advent Calendar by composer Peter Buffett, which was released for Christmas 2009 but it has proved popular and has been kept for subsequent years.

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