Yuletide Series: Ding, Dong, Merrily on High (BLP #102)



SATB (A cappella)

“Ding, Dong Merrily on High.”   The melody is a secular French dance tune which first appeared in the Orchesographie, a book of dances written by Johan Tabourot (1519-1593).  The English lyrics were written in the early 20th century by poet George R. Woodward (1848-1934).  Its cheerful tune, use of musical sequence (repetition of a musical phrase at a different pitch level), and the onomatopoeia of the text (“ding dong” conveys the sound of bells) have made it one of the most endearing carols of all time.

Duration: 1:52
Grade: IV
Publisher: BoonesLick Press