Sheet Music: The Huron Carol

TitleThe Huron Carol
Alternate titles'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime
Jesous Ahatonhia
Indian Christmas Carol
ComposerJean de Brébeuf (1593–1649)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature2/4
Tempo64 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-06-29
Last updated2010-06-29
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Sunday 26 December 2010

Tune of the Day: The Huron Carol

Traditional Christmas carol

In 1643, Jean de Brébeuf, a Jesuit missionary to the Hurons, wrote “'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime” in the Huron language while recovering from a broken bone. The song, originally titled “Jesous Ahatonhia” (“Jesus, he is born”), was a gift to the Hurons who came to his mission in Quebec. The song's melody is based on a traditional French folk song, “Une jeune pucelle” (“A Young Maid”).

The song remains a common Christmas hymn in Canadian churches of many Christian denominations. In the United States, the song was included as “Jesous Ahatonia” on Burl Ives's 1952 album Christmas Day in the Morning and was later released as a Burl Ives single under the title “Indian Christmas Carol”.