Free Christmas sheet music "We Three Kings", now in FIVE levels! What's new? A lead sheet with chord symbols, and just a few helper notes (letters inside the notes). Download arrangements from early beginning through early intermediate piano. All of the Christmas song lyrics are included so you can sing as well as play the music!
When I was a child, this Christmas song held a kind of mystery for me. The strange words combined with the minor plaintiveness of the melody seemed so lovely that I loved to sing it. Together, the verses create a mood as they hint of the whole life-and-death drama of the Christ Child's story by weaving a tapestry of pictures and feelings.
Listen to this lovely choral version of We Three Kings of Orient by the King's College singers:
Download lead sheet arrangement of We Three Kings (only page 1 is shown)
Here is the new "Middle C" version for beginners. It has just TWO "helper" notes to remind students where to start, and then they're on their own. As the melody is mostly moving in a stepwise fashion, they should do alright, especially if they've heard this song before. As for fingering, you'll need to help them decide. I had good luck with a young student today by telling him that the thumbs were "taking turns" with Middle C; that seemed logical to him!
I'm sorry I didn't take the time to put chord symbols above the music. They would be easy to pencil in, if you desire to turn this into a duet.
Here is a similar arrangement, but easier... no moving thirds in the right hand:
I'm not showing page 2, because IT IS JUST THE SAME as the previous arrangement.
The version for beginning intermediate piano below is the first one I arranged, a few years ago. You may notice (on the second page, which I've since rearranged a bit) that the grammar has improved in the lyrics - there is one tiny error (it's for "its") that I'm not going to bother fixing, since this music is FREE, and it is REALLY TIME-CONSUMING to change!
(Also, if you're curious about why there is a single rest at the beginning of the 3 newer arrangements above, it is because of a software glitch with my ordinarily superb Finale music-writing software... I started this arrangement off of another one that had a single-beat pick-up note, and I couldn't delete the measure or hide it. I would have had to copy and paste onto a whole new document. Not worth it... )
Download free Christmas sheet music "We Three Kings"
This piano arrangement will be easy for students who have already played Harp Ballad or Brian Boru's March. It moves slowly enough that the parallel thirds in the right hand will not be difficult.
In the chorus, chord inversions are used in both hands (but again, slowly) so that familiarity with those is useful. (See my page Twelve Major Keys Chords and Scales, and download "The Key of C" if this concept is new to you.)
Here are some cute children reenacting the story of "We Three Kings":
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? Do you have a question? I'd love to hear it!
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