Sheet Music: Tu scendi dalle stelle

TitleTu scendi dalle stelle
Alternate titlesFrom Starry Skies Thou Comest
From Starry Skies Descending
You Came a Star from Heaven
Quanno nascette Ninno
When the Child was Born
Carol of the Bagpipers
ComposerAlfonso Maria de' Liguori (1696–1787)
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyF major
Time signature6/8
Tempo56 BPM
Performance time0:55
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-12-24
Last updated2010-12-24
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Friday 24 December 2010

Tune of the Day: Tu scendi dalle stelle

Italy's most popular Christmas carol

“Tu scendi dalle stelle” (which literally means “You come down from the stars”) is the best known Christmas carol originating in Italy. Though found in numerous arrangements and commonly sung, it is traditionally associated with the zampogna, a large Italian bagpipe.

The melody and original lyrics for the hymn were written by Alfonso Maria de' Liguori, a prominent Neapolitan priest, in 1744, when he put together the Christmas song entitled “Little Song to Child Jesus”.

A different set of lyrics in the Neapolitan dialect also exists, entitled “For Jesus's birth”, which begins “Quanno nascette Ninno” (“When the Child was Born”). This version is sometimes referred to as the “Carol of the Bagpipers”.