Meri’s Musical Musings

Fun Christmas Music Facts

Posted on: November 22, 2010

Fun Christmas Music Facts

In “The Twelve Days of Christmas”, counting each unit as a gift, the total number of gifts is 364.

“Jingle Bells” was originally written for the US Thanksgiving celebrations.

“Jingle Bells” has no references to things specifically associated with Christmas.

Handel’s Messiah, while it is about the birth and death of Christ (and mostly about the latter), is usually performed around Christmas, which started mainly after Handel’s death in 1685.

While Sleigh Ride by Leroy Anderson is his most famous Christmas piece, he wrote other Christmas pieces, A Christmas Festival (for orchestra) and three Suites of Carols (one for brass choir, one for string orchestra, and one for woodwind ensemble)

“Joy to the World” was composed by Handel

“Hark the Herald Angels Sing” is by Felix Mendelssohn, who by birth was Jewish

“What Child is This?” is also known as Greensleeves

Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker has two different versions, a suite and a ballet, and the suite version was first performed in St. Petersburg on March 19th, 1892.

“Silent Night” is an Austrian Christmas carol, not a German one as is commonly believed.

Several classical composers have written Christmas pieces, among them, J.S. Bach, Handel, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Bartok.


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