Carol (It came upon the midnight clear) - Descant

Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900)
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In Britain Edmund Sears's words are usually sung to the tune "Noel", adapted by Sir Arthur Sullivan from a traditional English melody, first appearing in "Church Hymns with Tunes" (1874).

In the USA the usual setting is "Carol" by Richard Willis, a tune first appearing in his "Church Chorals and Choir Studies" (1850). The association of words and Willis's tune seems to date from the 1878 Hymnal of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Among modern hymnals The Hymnal 1982 includes this beautiful carol as no.89.

Score ID
Richard Storrs Willis (1819-1900)
Year of arrangement
Edmund H. Sears (1810-1876)
Easy (Grades 1-3)
1 minute
Choir + keyboard
Instrumental parts

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