In the Bleak Midwinter is a hauntingly beautiful Christmas carol with lyrics by Christina Rossetti and music by Gustav Holst. Rossetti wrote the poem for an American magazine called Scribner’s Monthly, which was published in 1872. The poem has been set to music by several composers, but the standard version that is performed today was written by Holst in 1906. It is a hymn-like melody which Holst gave the name “Cranham.”
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of In the Bleak Midwinter, or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in seven different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. The woodwind and brass arrangements are in the key of concert B flat, and the string arrangements of the carol are in the key of D. You can also view and print the lyrics to In the Bleak Midwinter.
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Tap the image of the sheet music for a full-size PDF of In the Bleak Midwinter.
Play-Along arrangements of In the Bleak Midwinter. These pages have versions of the carol for band and string instruments for you to play with other musicians:
More keys! Select a link below for a printable PDF of In the Bleak Midwinter in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.