The Christmas song In the Bleak Midwinter is based on a poem written by Christina Rossetti in 1872. It has been set to music by several composers, but the one that is played most frequently was written by Gustav Holst in 1906. There are five sheet music versions of the song for piano here in the key of G, for beginners to more advanced players.
The beginner version of In the Bleak Midwinter for piano features the melody in the treble clef staff. The easy version of In the Bleak Midwinter for piano splits the melody between the right and left hands. The simple version of In the Bleak Midwinter for piano has a basic left hand accompaniment line that complements the melody. The intermediate version of In the Bleak Midwinter for piano includes harmony in the left hand. The advanced version of In the Bleak Midwinter for piano features a more complex arrangement with harmony and moving notes in the left hand. Select one of the images below for a free printable PDF of the carol.
For a lead sheet with chords, visit the main sheet music page for In the Bleak Midwinter. It includes arrangements of the carol in seven different keys, as well as links to the song for band and string instruments and recorder. The lyrics to In the Bleak Midwinter are also available. Visit the Christmas music for piano page for an explanation of the different arrangements of the carols, as well as sheet music for many more songs.