Sheet Music: Forest Green

TitleForest Green
Alternate titlesO Little Town of Bethlehem
The Ploughboy's Dream
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
Time signature4/4
Tempo90 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-10-15
Last updated2010-10-15
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Christmas carols, Hymn tunes, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 22 December 2012

Tune of the Day: O Little Town of Bethlehem / Forest Green

Traditional English Christmas tune

This hymn tune, known under the name of “Forest Green”, is used in the United Kingdom (and sometimes in the US, especially in the Episcopal Church), to sing the Christmas carol “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. The tune has its origins in an English folk ballad called "The Ploughboy's Dream", which the famous composer Ralph Vaughan Williams collected from a Mr. Garman of Forest Green, Surrey in 1903.

In the United States “O Little Town of Bethlehem” is most commonly sung to the hymn tune known as “St. Louis”.