Carol of the Bells

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Originally titled Shchedryk, meaning “bountiful” this Ukrainian folk song was traditionally used to celebrate the new year. In 1936 Peter Wilhousky wrote new lyrics based on this tune, giving us “Carol of the Bells”. As the title implies, this hauntingly beautiful song is about the sound of bells at Christmas time.

This arrangement is written for mallet quartet but may be performed as a marimba/vibraphone duet.

lyrics

Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All seem to say,
"Throw cares away."
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold

Ding, dong, ding, dong
That is their song
With joyful ring
All caroling
One seems to hear
Words of good cheer
From ev'rywhere
Filling the air

Oh how they pound,
Raising the sound,
O'er hill and dale,
Telling their tale,
Gaily they ring
While people sing
Songs of good cheer
Christmas is here
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas
Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas

On, on they send
On without end
Their joyful tone
To ev'ry home

Ding, dong, ding, dong

credits

from Let It Snow, released November 19, 2012
Words by Peter Wilhousky
Music by Mykola Leontovich

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Brian Blume Lakeland, Florida

Composer, percussionist, and educator, Brian currently serves as Assistant Professor of Percussion at Southeastern University (Lakeland, FL). As a composer, Brian has works published by Tapspace, drop6, and PercMaster. Brian earned MM and BM degrees in performance from Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music. ... more

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