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Sheet Music: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

TitleWe Wish You a Merry Christmas
ComposerTraditional English
 
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyG major
RangeD5–D6
Time signature3/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time0:50
Difficulty leveleasy
Download printable scorePDF Sheet Music (49 kB) (preview)
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Date added2009-11-20
Last updated2009-11-20
CategoriesChristmas carols, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 20 November 2009

Tune of the Day: We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Traditional English Christmas carol

This old folk song is said to come from the West Country of England in the sixteenth century, but almost nothing else is known about it.

The origin of the carol seems to lie in the English tradition where wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas eve. By the way, it's amazing what a brief mention in a 16th-century Christmas carol can do for an obscure little dessert called “figgy pudding”. Every year, thousands of people around the world become curious about the figgy pudding mentioned in the chorus of this secular English carol (“Oh bring us a figgy pudding”). For the curious, these delicacies were not dissimilar to modern day white Christmas puddings, and of course included figs as the main ingredient. It must be some seriously good pudding, since apparently the carolers of the lyrics refuse to leave until they get some!