Ding, Dong Merrily on High

Ding Dong Merrily on High
You will receive the full track upon your purchase
  1. 1.
    Ding, Dong Merrily on High - Accompaniment
    0:16
  2. 2.
    Ding, Dong Merrily on High - Melody
    0:19
Instrument: Voice
Range: E4-E5
Composed by: Thoinot Arbeau & Charles Wood
Key: A major
Metronome: C = 180
Lyrics start: "Ding, dong merrily on high, in heaven the bells are ringing....."

Ding, Dong Merrily on High” is a Christmas carol. The tune first appeared as a secular dance tune known under the title “Branle de l’Official”  in Orchésographie, a dance book written by Jehan Tabourot (1519–1593). The lyrics are from English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934), and the carol was first published in 1924 in his The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons. Woodward took an interest in church bell ringing, which no doubt aided him in writing it. Woodward was the author of several carol books, including Songs of Syon and The Cowley Carol Book. The macaronic style is characteristic of Woodward’s delight in archaic poetry. Charles Wood harmonised the tune when it was published with Woodward’s text in The Cambridge Carol Book. More recently, Sir David Willcocks made an arrangement for the second book of Carols for Choirs.

Ding Dong Merrily on High  is particularly noted for the Latin refrain:

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!
[Glory! Hosanna in the highest!]

where the sung vowel sound “o” of “Gloria” is fluidly sustained through a lengthy rising and falling melismatic melodic sequence.

Purchase includes:

  • Accompaniment (C=180)
  • Accompaniment + Melody (C=150)

2,50

Product Description

Ding, Dong Merrily on High” is a Christmas carol. The tune first appeared as a secular dance tune known under the title “Branle de l’Official”  in Orchésographie, a dance book written by Jehan Tabourot (1519–1593). The lyrics are from English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934), and the carol was first published in 1924 in his The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons. Woodward took an interest in church bell ringing, which no doubt aided him in writing it. Woodward was the author of several carol books, including Songs of Syon and The Cowley Carol Book. The macaronic style is characteristic of Woodward’s delight in archaic poetry. Charles Wood harmonised the tune when it was published with Woodward’s text in The Cambridge Carol Book. More recently, Sir David Willcocks made an arrangement for the second book of Carols for Choirs.

Ding Dong Merrily on High  is particularly noted for the Latin refrain:

Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!
[Glory! Hosanna in the highest!]

where the sung vowel sound “o” of “Gloria” is fluidly sustained through a lengthy rising and falling melismatic melodic sequence.

Purchase includes:

  • Accompaniment (C=180)
  • Accompaniment + Melody (C=150)

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