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Christmas Music for Classical Guitarists

Index of Christmas Guitar Solos with Variations
Index of International Christmas Guitar Solos
Christmas Anthology for Guitar

All music publications are typeset professionally using the highest quality music notation software. Music manuscripts are available for visual preview with matching mp3 audio. All sheet music is printed on high-quality, acid-free paper for durability, legibility and archival purposes.

classical guitar iconChristmas Anthology for Guitar with text and full accompaniment
for solo guitar or voice and guitar

  • Angels We Have Hard On High
  • Auld Lang Syne
  • Away in a Manger
  • Deck the Halls
  • The First Noel
  • God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
  • Good King Wenceslas
  • Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  • It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Jingle Bells
  • Joy to the World
  • O Christmas Tree
  • O Come All Ye Faithful
  • O Little Town of Bethlehem
  • Silent Night
  • We Three Kings of Orient Are
  • What Child is This?
Christmas Anthology for Guitar

At Christmastime, more than any other, people gather together in places of worship, concert halls and at home around the hearth to celebrate the season with song.

This anthology of 17 most famous Christmas Carols is intended for the guitarist who enjoys playing solo as well as accompanist. The accompaniments in this volume sound full, similar to those commonly found for piano, and range from slight to moderate skill level. To facilitate singers, the guitarist can adjust the key of any song with the aid of the capo.

May you and your family and friends enjoy this collection for may years to come.

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What Child is This? (Greensleeves) by AnonymousQueen Elizabeth playing the lute

Greensleeves is one of the best known melodies in Western culture. Because of its roots in Elizabethan lute music, it has a special place for guitarists. In the tradition of its time, this version exploits the ground bass feature of the piece and includes 2 variations.

Although original authorship of the music is unknown, the traditional Elizabethan version of Greensleeves, a song of unrequited love, was licensed to Richard Jones in 1580. Christmas anthologies include this melody under the title of What Child is This? first appearing in 1865 with words by poet/theologian William Chatterton Dix.

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Christmas GuitarAngels We Have Heard On High with variation for solo guitar

The refrain for this traditional carol comes from a late medieval Latin chorale. The music for the verse, probably from the 18th century, comes from a translation of the old French carol "Les Anges dans Nos Campagnes." They were first published together in a carol collection dated 1855. This publication features a whimsical variation written in 19th century style.

Angels We Have Heard On High
with variation for solo guitar
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Christmas GuitarAway in a Manger with variation for solo guitar

Away in a Manger was originally published in 1885 in a Lutheran Sunday school book. The music was composed by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895. This version for classical guitar features a soothing variation appropriate for this charming lullaby.

Away in a Manger
with variation for solo guitar
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Christmas GuitarGood King Wenceslas with 2 variations for solo guitar

Good King Wenceslas was the king of Bohemia in the 10th century and is portrayed as saintly because of his charitable acts to feed the poor. The Feast of St. Stephen, mentioned in the carol, was celebrated on December 26th. The accompanying variations are written in the lutenist style of the Elizabethan Period.

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Christmas GuitarSilent Night with 2 variations for solo guitar

Silent Night was first performed to the accompaniment of a guitar. As the story goes, on Christmas Eve of 1818, Silent Night was heard for the first time in a village church in Oberndorf, Austria near Salzburg. Fr. Joseph Mohr, the church pastor and a guitarist, asked his choir director, Franz Xavier Gruber, to write set his poem to music and write the accompaniment for guitar. Together they sang to the congregation of St. Nicholas Church accompanied by Fr. Mohr's guitar. These variations are reverentially written in the style of the Viennese Classical Era.

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Christmas GuitarThe Snow Lay on the Ground with variation for solo guitar

This lively traditional English/Irish carol, circa 1860, set here with a sort of hunting horn harmonization, depicts Christmas on a quiet snowy evening. The melody is based on the sacred anthem Venite Adoremus. The English lyricist is unknown. The Latin refrain venite adoremus Dominum means “come, let us adore the Lord”.

The Snow Lay on the Ground
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Christmas Carols from Poland2 Traditional Polish Christmas Carols for solo guitar

Christmas Carols in Poland are known as Koledy, which is pronounced “ko-LEN-dy”. Poland has a rich tradition of Christmas music reflecting their religious devotion and ancient Holiday traditions centered around music and good food. So Merry Christmas!" or "Wesolych Swiat!"

Mizerna Cicha
In a quiet, peaceful manger;
Full of Heaven's praise and joy,
Lies the small divine Jesus;
Asleep upon the straw.
Angels gently gather 'round him;
Standing, bending, kneeling
Under a brightly colored rainbow.
Śliczna Panienka

Fairest of Maidens bore the Infant Holy
Laid Him in swaddling on the hay so lowly.
Hay of the meadow! Sweeter far than roses
On thee a sleeping Mary’s Son reposes.

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classical guitar icon4 Villancicos NavideñosChristmas Guitar

These Villancicos Navideños (Spanish carols) include two lullabies for the Christ child sleeping in the manger as well as two songs to celebrate the birth of the baby Jesus at Christmas.

Allí Bajo una Peña [ Score Preview ]
San José y la Virgen [ Score Preview ]
El Hijo de la Virgen [ Score Preview ]
Los Tres Pastorcillos [ Score Preview ]
Allí Bajo una Peña
Allí Bajo una Peña is a tender Spanish lullaby for baby Jesus in the Manger. Originally harmonized for voice and guitar, this carol transcribes to a beautiful guitar solo.
Allí Bajo una Peña,
Nació ya Jesu sin ¡Pobrin, Pobrin!
Es hijo de la Virgen,
De frio va morir ¡Pobrin, Pobrin!
De frio va morir.
There inside a cavern,
Little Jesus was born, Poor tiny child!
He is the son of Mary,
And suffers from the cold, Poor thing!
And suffers from the cold.
English translation by Anna Bartos
San José y la Virgen
San José y la Virgen is a vivacious dance about the journey of St. Joseph in the Virgin Mary to Nazareth. It features the hemiola so typical of Spanish music.
San José y la Virgen Maria,
Van an buena compañía
Partieran de Nazaret,
En buena hora lo hacían
Don do ron don
La Madre arrulla al Niño Dios.
Saint Joseph and the Virgin Mary
In good company they left for Nazareth
In good time was their arrival,
Don do ron don
For the birth of the Holy Child.
English translation by Anna Bartos
El Hijo de la Virgen
El Hijo de la Virgen is lullaby that celebrates the birth of the baby Jesus by offering to bring him gifts and love. The melody is based on the traditional Catalan folksong El Noi de la Mare famously arranged for guitar by Miguel LLobet.
¿Que le adoremos al Niño Divino,
Adoremos la siento bien?
Panes e higos, nueces y aceitunas,
Paso e higos requesón y miel.
What shall we give the Child divine?
Gifts that to him pleasure will bring,
Pastries and figs and nuts and olives,
Fruits of the earth we’ll bring him with love.
English translation by Anna Bartos
Los Tres Pastorcillos
Los Tres Pastorcillos sings about three little shepherds who play music for the Baby Jesus.
Tres pastorcillos había metidos en una cueva,
El violin uno tenÍa, el otro la viola suena
¡Ah, que más! ¡ay! ¡ay! ¡ay!
Feliz Noche de Navidad.
Inside a cave three little shepherds hid.
On the violin one played and the other the viola,
Ah, what joy! ah! ah!
Happy Christmas night.

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classical guitar iconChristmas GuitarOnce in Royal David's City for solo guitar - Traditional English

Once In Royal David's City is a Christmas carol originally written as poem by Cecil Frances Alexander. The carol wasset to music by Henry John Gauntlett in 1849 "Royal David's City" refers to Bethlehem and the text focuses on aspects of the Nativity.

Once in royal Davids city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

For He is our childhood's pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone

Cite: Wikipedia,

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