Sixteen Carols for the violin CM104

Tunes for the violin for Christmas with an accompanying 2nd violin part for a teacher to play.


Sixteen Carols for the viola CM104B

Tunes for the viola for Christmas with an accompanying 2nd viola part for a teacher to play.


Sixteen Carols for the cello CM104C

Tunes for the cello for Christmas with an accompanying 2nd cello part for a teacher to play.



Away in a Manger (USA)

    The first couple of verses of the lyrics appeared in 1884 in Boston Mass., and there is a variety of tunes to fit them. The famous one I have chosen appeared in 1895, written by W J Kirkpatrick (called ‘Cradle Song’). The attribution of the lyrics to Martin Luther is incorrect!

God rest ye merry gentlemen (English traditional)

    The earliest known publication of this carol, on a c. 1760 broadsheet, describes it as a "new Christmas carol", suggesting its origin is actually in the mid-18th century. It appeared again among "new carols for Christmas" in another 18th century source, a chapbook believed to be printed between 1780 and 1800.

It is referred to in Dickens’s ‘Christmas Carol’ of 1843: " the first sound of 'God bless you, merry gentlemen! May nothing you dismay!', Scrooge seized the ruler with such energy of action that the singer fled in terror, leaving the keyhole to the fog and even more congenial frost."

I saw three ships (English traditional)

    The first printed version of this carol appears in the 17th century. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the relics of the Magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century.

The Holly and the Ivy (English traditional)

    These traditional words have been set to a old French tune. Holly and ivy have long been associated with Christmas or midwinter and there is a theory that in some villages, men and women competed to sing about one or the other!


Good King Wenceslas (English)

    This tells of the historical figure Wenceslas I, Duke of Bohemia on the ‘Feast of Stephen’ - 26th December. The words are from the 19th century but they are set to a 13th century spring carol. Scholars have been rather critical of the ‘traditional’ claims and it does seem a rather unnatural marriage of words and music, but it remains a popular favorite despite all this.

The Sussex Carol (English)

    The words were first published by a 17th century Irish bishop, but it unclear whether they were his or were much older. Vaughan Williams collected this in 1919 in Sussex, hence the current title.

While Shepherds watched,

A Virgin most pure,

In Dulci Jubilo,

Once in Royal,

We three kings,

O Little town of Bethlehem,

Hark the herald angels sing,

O come all ye faithful,

Coventry Carol,

We wish you a merry Christmas

anon. arranged Tony Urbainczyk

Away in a Manger CM034

for SSS and viola

score £1.00

anon. arranged Tony Urbainczyk

A Virgin most Pure CM038

for SSS and viola

score £1.00

separate viola part £1.00

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sheet music for carols