Good King Wenceslas - arranged for piano by Jim Paterson

"Good King Wenceslas" is a traditional Christmas Carol which tells a story about events happening on the Feast of Stephen (the day after Christmas which we now usually call Boxing Day). The legend is based on an historical figure called Saint Wenceslaus who was the Duke of Bohemia in the 10th Century. The English lyrics for the carol were written by John Mason Neale, a rough translation of an old Czech poem. He used an old Finnish melody called "Tempus adest floridum" which means "It is time for flowering", so confusingly the melody is about Spring rather than Winter.

For this piano arrangement you can download the sheet music, midi or mp3 files using the links in the left hand menu. The following sheet music can be used for a range of other instruments playing solo or together: Piano or Keyboard, Guitar (with Tabs and Chords), Piano Accompaniment, Main (instruments in C), High (instruments in C), Bassoon or Cello, Clarinet or Trumpet in B-flat, Cor Anglais or French Horn (in F), Alto Sax and Viola. Guitar players may also which to try this light jazz arrangement by Glenn Jarrett in D.

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