The composer of Ding Dong! Merrily on High is not known, but the first printed version of the melody occurs in a book of French dances from the sixteenth century. The lyrics that we sing were written by George Ratcliffe Woodward, an English composer who lived from 1848 to 1934. As the title suggests, Ding Dong! Merrily on High is about the joyful ringing of bells. You can learn more about the history of Ding Dong! Merrily on High at the Joyful Santa blog.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of Ding Dong! Merrily on High or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in seven different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. You can also view and print the lyrics to Ding Dong! Merrily on High. The wind, brass, and string arrangements of the carol are all in the key of concert C, so all of those instruments can play it together.
Note that this arrangement is written in a 4/4 time signature. However, Ding Dong! Merrily on High is often performed at faster tempos, in which case you can think of the piece as being in cut time (2/2) with the half note equal to one beat. Doing so will make it easier to play the carol at brisker tempos.
For a countdown to Christmas, visit the How Many Days Until Christmas page. The Two Happy Bears are excited about the holiday and are eagerly counting every second!
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