Christmas Music
Christ Child's Lullaby

Christmas music that is unfamiliar, gentle and beautiful.

While young kids get excited about playing "Jingle Bells," "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer," and "Frosty, the Snowman," many older piano students are more interested in exploring new territory!

Download this Christmas piano sheet music free for your early intermediate pupils.   Page one:

Free online sheet music

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Christmas music that is unfamiliar is a great find! My family and many of my piano students have loved this piece (first heard on Kim Robertson's Celtic Christmas, a harp CD some years ago).

Below is a lovely version sung by a group of teens in Sewickley, PA for the TriCounty Choir Institute 2009 Madrigal Performance.

I believe this is the version of the Christ Child's Lullaby arranged for SATB at Sheetmusicplus.com -- (there is a small "listen" button on the Sheetmusicplus page to compare arrangements):

The piano version of Christ Child's Lullaby really does sound like a lullaby, with the rocking feeling of the back-and-forth open 5th chords going up and down an octave (as in When Christ was Born). 

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Free online Christmas music Christ Child's Lullaby

Please scroll down the page for the download links.

This is a nice, easy piano piece, except for the third part.

The melody is exactly the same with each repetition (there are four returns of the theme). But the left hand gets progressively harder in each section. 

I like to give this piece to students who are needing a soft, pretty piano piece. When I say NEEDING a soft piece, I'm talking about heavy-handed piano students who think and play at one level -- FORTE!

Printable sheet music for Christmas

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I also like for students to have a bit of time to memorize the right hand melody before starting the third section with its quickly-moving eighth notes, so that they can give most of their attention to the left hand. It is admittedly tricky! 

Here is another lovely rendition of this beautiful Christmas music by a group called the Crimson Ensemble, with a slightly different tune. With two female voices and a harp, this is surely one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard:

Another interesting version I found from the lullaby album Kist o Dreams uses some of the Scottish Gaelic words like the recording above. The real title of Christ Child's Lullaby is "Taladh Chriosd".

According to some at mudcat.org, there are 29 verses in the original song, which was written in the mid-1800's). It is said to be one of the few Scottish Gaelic Christmas songs. 



The link for the piano music:


Download printable Christmas sheet music Christ Child's Lullaby 








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