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Sheet Music: Adeste Fideles

TitleAdeste Fideles
Alternate titlesO Come, All Ye Faithful
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
Adeste Fidelis
How Firm a Foundation
ComposerJohn Francis Wade (1711–1786)
Also attributed toJohn Reading (1685–1764)
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyA major
RangeE4–E5
Time signature4/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time1:00
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (50 kB) (preview)
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Date added2009-11-14
Last updated2009-11-14
CategoriesChristmas carols, Hymn tunes

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Saturday 14 November 2009

Tune of the Day: O Come, All Ye Faithful

Christmas hymn “Adeste Fideles”

“Adeste Fideles” is the name of the tune to “O Come, All Ye Faithful”, and the first line of the Latin text for which the tune was originally written. The tune is now commonly attributed to John Francis Wade, an English hymnist of the 18th century. The text itself has unclear beginnings, and may have been written in the 13th century, though it has recently been concluded that Wade was probably the author.

Before the emergence of John Francis Wade as the probable composer, the tune had been purported to be written by several musicians: from John Reading and his son to Handel, including a Portuguese musician, Marcos Antonio da Fonseca, who wasn't born until after the tune was first published. There are several similar musical themes written around that time, though it can be hard to determine whether these were written in imitation of the hymn, the hymn was based on them, or they are totally unconnected.