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The First Nowell

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The song The First Nowell is a famous traditional English Christmas carol.

The words and music are traditional English of the 16th or 17th century, but may possibly date from as early as the 13th century.

The combination of music and lyrics as it is known today first appeared in the early 19th century.

Please note that Sir John Stainer's setting omits verses 5, 7 and 9 of the complete lyrics in English.

Details about The First Nowell

Title : The First Nowell
Subtitle : The First Noel - The First Nowel - Carol for the Epiphany - Christmas Carol
Composer : (Anonymous)
Catalog :
Style : Christmas Hymns & Carols
Composed/published : 16th or 17th century
Original instrumentation : Piano

Sources : Rev. Henry Ramsden Bramley and Sir John Stainer, Christmas Carols New and Old (London : Novello, Ewer & Co., ca 1878).

Sheet music associated with The First Nowell

CatalogueTitleKeyInstrumentation
  The First Nowell   D MajorViolin and piano
  The First Nowell   G MajorViola and piano
  The First Nowell   E flat MajorVoice (1/6 : Highest) and piano
  The First Nowell   A flat MajorVoice (5/6 : Low) and piano
  The First Nowell   D MajorViolin duet
  The First Nowell   C MajorTreble recorder and piano
  The First Nowell   G MajorViola duet
  The First Nowell   C MajorFlute and piano
  The First Nowell   G MajorCello duet
  The First Nowell   G MajorDescant recorder and piano
  The First Nowell   G MajorCello and piano
  The First Nowell   C MajorTrumpet in Bb and piano
  The First Nowell   G MajorPiano
  The First Nowell -- Urtext   D MajorPiano


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