Sheet Music: The Sussex Carol

TitleThe Sussex Carol
Alternate titlesOn Christmas Night All Christians Sing
On Christmas Night True Christians Sing
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute quartet
KeyG major
Time signature6/4
Tempo88 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2009-12-22
Last updated2009-12-22
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Christmas carols, Hymn tunes, Traditional/Folk


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Sunday 5 December 2010

Tune of the Day: The Sussex Carol

Traditional English Christmas carol, arranged for flute quartet

This popular British carol was actually first published in 1684 by an Irish bishop, Luke Wadding, in a work called Small Garland of Pious and Godly Songs. It is not clear, however, whether Wadding wrote the song or was recording an earlier composition.

Both the text and the tune to which the carol is now sung were discovered and written down by Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who heard it being sung by a Harriet Verrall of Monk's Gate, Sussex. The tune to which it is sung today is the one Vaughan Williams took down from Mrs Verrall and published in 1919.