The poem It Came Upon the Midnight Clear was written in 1849 by Unitarian pastor Edmund Sears, in Wayland, Massachusetts. The lyrics of the song tell of the beautiful music played by angels in celebration of the birth of Christ. The poem was set to music in 1850 by the composer Richard Storrs Willis, a graduate of Yale and former student of Felix Mendelssohn.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, 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 E flat, and the string arrangements of the carol are in the key of D. You can also view and print the lyrics to It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.
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Tap the image of the sheet music for a full-size PDF of It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.
Play-Along arrangements of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear. 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 It Came Upon a Midnight Clear in any of the following keys, for treble, bass, and alto clef.