The melody for this Christmas favourite was composed by Henry John Gauntlett (1805-1876) to a poem written by Cecil Frances Alexander. Henry Gauntlett was an English organist who composed a number of pieces for organ and many hymns, in addition to editing a number of hymn books. "Once in Royal David's City" is his most famous hymn, and it is available here arranged for a variety of instruments. See also the guitar arrangement by Glenn Jarrett in F. We also have printable PDFs of simple arrangements for the following instruments, all at a concert pitch of G allowing groups to play together: Keyboard or Piano, Accompaniment, Guitar, Main (flute, oboe, violin, etc.), High (flute, piccolo, violin, etc.), Bass (cello, bassoon, etc.) , Clar (B-flat instruments), Horn (instruments in F), Alto Sax (instruments in E-flat) and Viola.
The audio controls below allow you to play the mp3 version of Once in Royal David's City for piano or you can download the MP3 file. You can also download the midi version of Once in Royal David's City for piano.
The image below is the first page of the sheet music, and here you can download the full sheet music for Once in Royal David's City for piano in PDF format.