This is the traditional Christmas melody "A Coventry Carol" written in the 16th Century. It is called the "Coventry Carol" because it was part of a play performed in Coventry. The lyrics of the carol are sung as though from a mother to her child and begin "Lully Lullay". The mother is distraught because Herod has ordered the Massacre of the Innocents and her child's life is threatened. The song should therefore be sung or played gently. This version is for piano and you can download PDF sheet music, mp3 and midi files using the links on the left hand menu.
We have a number of alternative versions of this carol for different instruments. Guitar players should check out this Guitar arrangement by Glenn Jarrett. We also have printable versions at different pitches and in different keys to suit a range of instruments, so try the following PDF downloads Main, High, Bass, Clar, Horn, Sax and Viola. Teachers and accompanists (on piano or guitar) can use this Accompaniment with their students.
The audio controls below allow you to play the mp3 version of The Coventry Carol for piano or you can download the MP3 file. You can also download the midi version of The Coventry Carol for piano or alternatively edit/play the midi file.
The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for The Coventry Carol for piano in PDF format.