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The Happy Christmas Comes Once More – Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest

O Fir Tree Dark, O Fir Tree Dear

The Happy Christmas Comes Once More

Det Kimer Nu Til Julefest

This beautiful Danish Christmas carol has such a sweet, folk song sounding melody and easy words for children, that I’ve often wondered why it is not more common in the US.

Once reason might be that maybe there weren’t as many Danish people in English-speaking countries to spread it around. It is very popular in Denmark and you can watch some performances on YouTube. Here is one with orchestra and young singers:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCd-zIAcx6A

Another reason might be the various texts that use this melody. The tune is found on Christmas recordings by Bing Crosby with words titled O Fir Tree Dark, O Fir Tree Dear. The lyrics are about the Christmas tree, and “the lovely Christmas story tell.”

There are other translations of the original Danish carol, sometimes translated “The Bells of Christmas Chime Once More.” Bells are mentioned in the first line in the original Danish words, and you can hear the bells in the YouTube video above.

When I decided to arrange an easy version of this lovely carol as part of my collection of elementary Christmas music for children, it was really hard to decide which words I should use with the tune. I chose this version because it is found in more hymnals and is easy for children to understand.

I arranged it in the key of C with the starting right hand thumb on D. There is one tricky spot where the hand moves and the second finger crosses over. And, of course, there is the dotted quarter note which you will have to teach by rote. You can use the London Bridge method I’ve mentioned previously.

If you don’t know this carol, look it up. It’s in public domain, so you can find versions with the lovely, sentimental 4-part harmony, which is so heartwarming at Christmas. If you have time, leave a comment if you know this carol, and by what title. Does it bring back memories? I’m curious!

 

 

 

 

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Lots of Christmas Music

Free Christmas Music

Easy Christmas Music

I’ve finally moved all of my free Christmas music from my old site to this site so it will be easier to find. Now when I make a new arrangement, I will post it here and all the Christmas music will be together. 🙂  The levels range from pre-reading to late elementary.

 If you try to find one of my old arrangements and you can’t find it,  all you have to do is select the “Free” link above, then select “Newer Free Resources,” then “Christmas Music.” It is listed in order of difficulty.   (My store has the Christmas trios, if you are looking for those.)

Some of these I revised in various ways, but after a while I had to stop, or I was never going to get it all moved!  Hope your students enjoy my little Christmas sheets!

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Jingle Bells for Three- an Elementary Trio

Jingle Bells for Three Trio

Jingle Bells for Three $7.99

A piano trio for 6 hands and one piano

Every year I write a piano trio for my students to play at their December group lesson. They are always fairly easy so that busy students can learn them quickly and have a lot of fun with them. Older students can sight read them and less experienced players can practice them in advance.

Today I am adding my piano trio arrangement of Jingle Bells for Three (17 pages $7.99) to the store section of my website.  This is a studio license, so a single teacher may print unlimited copies each year. Buying trios digitally allows the music file to include scores in various configurations so the teacher can print they want. This file includes individual parts, a teacher’s (conductor’s) score, a traditional piano trio score, and the cover.

Jingle Bells for Three is really easy because I wanted something for my youngest group.  We started practicing it in November and the group lesson was in December. They were really proud of themselves. I had a few students who had just started, so they provided the jingle bell accompaniment. I had some families use it for their Christmas family gatherings. I even have parents who read a little music come in to the lesson for an impromptu rehearsal. It is such a joy  to play together just for the fun of it!

 

 

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Ornament Interval Worksheet

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Ornament Intervals 2nd to Octave

Here is the last ornament worksheet I will have time to make this year. Thanks very much to Peggy for proofing it for me!

FYI, if you have some students who are looking for Hanukkah worksheets, I made some a few years ago and you might want to check them out.

Hanukkah Printables

Hanukkah Printables

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