Carol of the Bells by Mykola Leontovych, arranged for piano by Jim Paterson

"Carol of the Bells" is a choral work composed by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych (1877-1921). He based the music on a traditional Ukrainian folk chant called Shchedryk (meaning "bountiful") and associated with the New Year. In English the song is called either "Carol of the Bells" or "Ring, Christmas Bells" and it is often sung by a chorus "a capella" (unaccompanied). The composer created a number of versions of the song depending on the nature of the choir, and other versions have been created in different languages. The main feature of the carol is the "ostinato" chant - a repeating pattern of 4 notes which continues throughout the piece. It is a popular Christmas Song and the American-Ukranian composer Peter Wilhousky created the version in English which is known as "Carol of the Bells" which has been used on several films including the Christmas film Home Alone. Here are The Piano Guys playing a version for cello ensemble.

The version we present here has been arranged for piano though it could be played on a variety of keyboard or tuned percussion instruments. You can download the sheet music in PDF format, or download the music as MIDI file or MP3 files. For other instruments we have also created an arrangement of "Carol of the Bells" for Clarinet and Piano where we have alternative sheet music to allow other instruments to substitute for the clarinet part.

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