Sheet Music: O Tannenbaum

TitleO Tannenbaum
Alternate titlesO Tannebaum
O Christmas Tree
Oh Christmas Tree
Mon beau sapin
Gift of Love
The Red Flag
Maryland, My Maryland
The Song of Iowa
ComposerTraditional German
InstrumentationFlute and Piano
KeyG major
Time signature3/4
Tempo80 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2009-11-16
Last updated2009-11-16
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Christmas carols, Traditional/Folk


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Monday 16 November 2009

Tune of the Day: O Christmas Tree

Traditional Christmas carol
O Christmas Tree

This old folk tune comes from Germany. In German, a Tannenbaum is a fir tree (die Tannen) or Christmas tree (der Weihnachtsbaum). Although most Christmas trees today are Fichten (spruce) rather than Tannen, the qualities of the evergreen have inspired German musicians to write several “Tannenbaum” songs over the years.

The first known “Tannenbaum” song lyrics date back to 1550, while the best known version was written in 1824 by the Leipzig organist, teacher and composer Ernst Anschütz. There are at least a dozen English versions of the carol.

The tune has also often been used to carry other texts, most notably:

  • “Maryland, My Maryland”, the official state song of Maryland;
  • “The Song of Iowa”, the official state song of Iowa;
  • “The Red Flag”, anthem of the British Labour Party;
  • “Gift of Love”, recorded in 1962 by pop singer Jack Jones.