'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Sheet Music

'Twas the Night Before Christmas sheet music solo for voice and piano, and also for early piano, with a shared-hands setting of the melody, with chord symbols.

The entire poem by Clement C. Moore is here, with a new rhythmic melody that is easy to play & sing!  What a joy to be able to sing a favorite poem classic.

That arrangement above is the SOLO arrangement, for piano and voice.  You can find the entire eight-page version for sale as a digital download in two places:

Sheet Music Direct, and also Sheet Music Plus.

A free version for beginners

'Twas the Night Before Christmas sheet music

Turn this into a duet

So far I haven't written a secondo... but a chord accompaniment for this beginner music is easily made by playing bass note, chord, chord.   

For chord newbies:  The bass note is the chord name.  Then comes a full triad, up an octave, or maybe a little bit of the chord - a baby chord, or just the top half of a triad.)   

See examples of this chord pattern in the bass clef of the solo version of this song, below:

How to play left hand chords example

Buy the new piano/vocal setting of
'Twas the Night Before Christmas:
SheetMusicPlus      or   SheetMusicDirect

This is a singable melody

Unlike some of the musical settings I've seen of this wonderful Christmas poem classic, my composition is easy to sing and learn.  No strange rhythms, no wild notes.

Christmas music for piano
Clement C. Moore's poem set to music

The form of this setting

Because there are so many verses, all with pretty much the same meter, I knew I couldn't just repeat the same melody over and over again.  Too tedious.

So what I ended up doing is using one PRIMARY melody for two verses, then a "chorus"-like alternate melody, which brings the pianist back to the main melody again.  

Then two more verses of the main melody, then the chorus, but after the chorus the second time, a third melody.  Sound confusing?  This pattern happens like this:

A   A   B   A   A   B   C

A   A   B   C

Buy the new piano/vocal setting of
'Twas the Night Before Christmas:
SheetMusicPlus      or   SheetMusicDirect

The backup chords help the transitions seem more inevitable.

After the first part C, the song moves up from the key of C, to the key of D, in the solo version (not the beginner version - that version just repeats).

The beginner's version is five pages long

I've only got the first three pages shown here; but download the beginner PDF and take a look at the whole thing!

The beginner piano music:

Download beginner version of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas sheet music 

Buy the new piano/vocal setting of
'Twas the Night Before Christmas:
SheetMusicPlus      or   SheetMusicDirect

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Dana Thynes

Hi, I'm Dana!  (Say that like "Anna".)  I'm the owner of Music-for-Music-Teachers.com, and a newer site, SingTheBibleStory.com.

Like some of you, I've been playing the piano since early childhood, and have added a few other instruments along the way, plus an interest in arranging and composing music.

You can find out more about me and the reason for this website at my About Me page.