Jingle Bells : The Traditional Christmas Song by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893)

Christmas Bells Jingle Bells has become perhaps the most iconic of Christmas Songs. We say "Christmas Song" because it seems far removed from the traditional sound of Christmas Carols which are more like Hymns for Christmas. It was composed by James Lord Pierpont in 1850, possibly inspired by the sleigh races held at that time in the town of Medford (in the US State of Massachusetts) where he lived. The song was originally called "One Horse Open Sleigh" and its name was changed a few years later to "Jingle Bells" reflecting the memorable words of the song's chorus. The song is not about Christmas, but its lyrics about sleighs, bells and snow have become synonymous with Christmas in the popular consciousness.

We have the following different versions of this sheet music depending on the instrument you are using: Keyboard, Guitar, with melody lines for a variety of instruments Main, High, Bass, Clar, Horn, Sax and Viola, and this Accompaniment part so that a pianist or teacher can accompany soloists playing the instrumental parts.

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