Meri’s Musical Musings

More Christmas Music Facts

Posted on: December 17, 2010

Four countries represent the origins of 80-85% of the world’s known Christmas songs: England, France, USA, and Germany. Most of the rest are Scandinavian or Slavic in origin, and only a very few of them are relatively known by most people.

Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) is originally a Portugese Christmas carol.

Adeste Fideles is sung in well over one hundred different languages around the world.

The singing of Christmas carols is thought to have originated from Lutheran churches.

Silver Bells’ was originally titled ‘Tinkle Bells’

O Come, O Come Emmanuel’ is probably the oldest known Christmas carol.

The carol ‘Good King Wenceslas’ refers to an actual person by that name, who was Duke of Bohemia in the 10th century.

The carol is based on a type of dance.

The First Noel’ is probably the oldest popular carol in the English language.

Hark the Herald Angels Sing’ was written to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of the printing press.

Most Christmas songs are in binary, or two-part, form, which is simply a verse and a chorus, both sections repeated for the number of verses in the songs or how many verses people want to sing.



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