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The First Noel

Year of composition
Easy (Grades 1-3)
2 minutes
String quartet
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While this carol is often shortened to two verses in modern performance, it's essence is that it tells, in a series of strophes, the entire story of Christ's birth. Seven verses have commonly come down to us; the carol's first publication, which occurred in England in 1833, included nine.

This arrangement features a beginners' third violin part, and an optional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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