Christmas Rounds to Sing
Christ is Born, 3 parts

Christmas rounds to sing for your choir or vocal group!  

Offered here in three different keys, this lovely melody by Franz Joseph Haydn is not well-known.  It begins with a slow, sturdy first line, which is followed by two flowing ornate lines.

Haydn didn't put these lyrics to the melody; I did.  

I frequently substitute lyrics in public domain works, particularly if the original lyrics are a foreign language, or the occasion calls for it.  

The children's choir singing in the video is using different words than mine - "Welcome, all...", which can be found in the book  "150 ROUNDS for Singing and Teaching".

Christmas rounds to sing, by Haydn

Please scroll down the page for the free PDF links.

Because of limited time and the inability of my vocal students to get together to practice more than a scant few minutes two times, I'm using a different approach with this round:

Singer 1, a senior boy, will sing solo line 1, then keep singing it.  Over and over, for a total of 4 passes.

When part 2 comes, that singer (a high-voiced young lady), will sing that line, and also sing ONLY that line.  She will sing it 3 times total.

When part 3 comes, that young lady to whom the part is given will sing it through, then repeat it.  She will only sing it 2 times in all.

We'll see how this goes!  I like the idea of the young man's low voice forming a slow bass foundation to the very-much-higher alleluia lines.

Update: Yes, this worked pretty well!  I'd do it again.

The book "150 Rounds" is full of unknown, interesting rounds like this one, and canons  that are complicated and unpredictable.

150 Rounds for singers music book



The links to the vocal round PDFs:


Download Christ is Born in the key of A (shown)


Download Christmas rounds to sing song in the key of Bb


Download Christ is Born round in the key of C


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Ah, Poor Bird

 A pretty round with a reach of an octave, slow-moving notes, and easy intervals.  The scale-wise movement makes this song easy for a beginner.


Beauty's But an Idle Boast

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Christ is Born

New lyrics for an old round by Haydn - well-suited to a mix of voices, a satisfying round


Christmas is Coming, the Goose is Getting Fat

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Coffee Canon

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Dona Nobis Pacem

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For Health & Strength & Daily Bread

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Haida, a Hebrew round

Haida is vigorous and fun - there are two spots that invite a clap, adding to the rhythmic feeling of this song.  A favorite, frequently requested!


The Hart, He Loves the High Hill

This brisk but pretty round from England compares a deer to a rabbit, and a man to a woman!


Have You Seen the Ghost of John

An unbelievably pretty round, with lyrics that DO NOT do it justice!   One of my students' perennial favorites.


Heigh Ho, Nobody Home

The first round I use with beginning singers. Very singable!


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Another brisk Hebrew round, lovely and minor.


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Music Alone Shall Live

A very pretty little tune with nice major harmonies. A quick study!


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A little different - there is a bit of dissonance to learn to sing through.  A joyful melody!


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