Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
This year, Newzik & Universal Edition have a gift for you! To celebrate this new decade in music, we offer you free sheet music for Christmas carols. As a bonus, Universal Edition is also giving away two pieces of their catalogue. A nice occasion to try out digital sheet music and see how it compares to paper format!
We hope you will like practicing your instrument to these Christmas carols, and we wish you the very best for the year to come!
As always, we have crafted a Newzik Setlist for our Premium users with all the sheet music available in this article. If you are a free user, don’t worry: you can also download the pieces you want from our selection later in the article. And if you are not a Newzician yet, download Newzik for free on the App Store to check out these arrangements!
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Gifts from Universal Edition
The wonderful team at Universal Edition wanted to partner with us to give away some pieces of their digital catalogue UE Now to all Newzicians. Feel free to download these two pieces to check out the quality of UE Now scores!
Click here if you want to learn more about our collaboration with Universal edition and the future of sheet music.
Paul Coles — The Music of Joy, extract from Dagda’s Harp
The Music of Joy is the third movement of Dagda’s Harp, a piece composed for guitar solo by composer Paul Coles. Paul Coles has a chequered career as composer, performer, teacher and publisher, all centered around his instrument, the guitar. His latest work, “Dagda’s Harp”, is influenced by the story of Dagda, the Celtic god of the Earth and evokes the unmistakable sounds of Irish folk music.
Dagda possessed a magic harp, on which he is supposed to have played magical sounds, including music of dreaming, music of sorrow and music of joy. These three states are represented in a suite of pieces that will be suitable for intermediate players, as either teaching or concert material.
Aleksey Igudesman — Brexit Polka
“If only there was a three-minute solo viola piece that somehow included all 28 national anthems, things would be in a better state regarding Brexit.”
This is how Russian violinist and composer Aleksey Igudesman introduces his funny solo viola piece Brexit Polka, an extract of his Violamania, 11 pieces for solo viola. Brexit Polka quotes one or two seconds from all of the national anthems of the European Union and has the British National Anthem, as their somewhat disturbing counterpart, interrupting them.
The Newzik team has more gifts for you!
We have selected our favorite Christmas Carols, and prepared some nice arrangements for you! These carols are all available in 4 different versions depending on your instrumental level, and are all in MusicXML format with synchronized audio tracks. A perfect occasion to check out the benefits of dynamic scores for the first time!
We Wish You A Merry Christmas
We love this classic Christmas Carol! It’s probably the most international Christmas anthem, so we had to start with this one. We offer you 4 different version of the tune for the piano, depending on your level. Follow this link to download We Wish You A Merry Christmas in your Newzik library (make sure Newzik is installed on your device).
White Christmas is the most-recorded Christmas song ever. There have been more than 500 recorded versions of the tune, in several different languages. The version sung by Bing Crosby is the world’s best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide. Newzik offers you a piano version of the piece, which you can download directly to your Newzik library (make sure Newzik is installed on your device).
“Silent Night” is a popular Christmas carol, composed in 1818 by Franz Xaver Gruber to lyrics by Joseph Mohr in the small town of Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria. It was declared an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in 2011. The song has been recorded by many singers across many music genres. The version sung by Bing Crosby in 1935 is the fourth best-selling single of all-time.
What a nice tune to practice your piano! Follow this link to download this piece directly to your Newzik library! (Make sure you have installed Newzik on your device)
Angels We Have Heard On High
“Angels We Have Heard On High” is a Christmas carol with English lyrics by James Chadwick, to the hymn tune “Gloria” from a traditional French song of unknown origin called Les Anges dans nos campagnes. Chadwick’s lyrics are derived and inspired, and in parts a loose translation, from the French original. The song’s subject is the birth of Jesus Christ as narrated in the Gospel of Luke, specifically the scene in which shepherds outside Bethlehem encounter a multitude of angels singing and praising the newborn child.
“Jingle Bells” is one of the best-known and commonly sung American songs in the world. It was written by James Lord Pierpont (1822–1893) and published under the title “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the autumn of 1857. It has been claimed that it was originally written to be sung by a Sunday school choir; however, historians dispute this, stating that it was much too “racy” (and secular) to be sung by a children’s church choir in the days it was written.
Although originally intended for the Thanksgiving season (which was ironic, since Thanksgiving occurs in autumn, rather than winter), and having no connection to Christmas, it became associated with Christmas music and the holiday season in general decades after it was first performed by blackface minstrel performer Johnny Pell in Ordway Hall on September 16, 1857. Some area choirs adopted it as part of their repertoire in the 1860s and 1870s, and it was featured in a variety of parlor song and college anthologies in the 1880s. It was first recorded in 1889 on an Edison cylinder; this recording, believed to be the first Christmas record, is lost, but an 1898 recording also from Edison Records survives.
Little Drummer Boy
“The Little Drummer Boy” (originally known as “Carol of the Drum”) is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis. First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.
In the lyrics, the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the Nativity of Jesus. Without a gift for the Infant, the little drummer boy played his drum with approval from Jesus’ mother, Mary, recalling, “I played my best for him” and “He smiled at me”.
Follow this link to get the sheet music to this famous Christmas song! (make sure Newzik is installed on your device).
Deck The Halls
“Deck the Halls” is a traditional Christmas carol. The melody is Welsh, dating back to the sixteenth century, and belongs to a winter carol, “Nos Galan”, while the English lyrics, written by the Scottish musician Thomas Oliphant, date to 1862.
To download the sheet music for this classic Christmas tune, follow this link! (make sure Newzik is installed on your device).
We hope you liked our gifts! Don’t hesitate to tell us in the comments about your personal favorite Christmas Carols. Merry Christmas and happy new year!