What Child Is This? is set to the song Greensleeves, which was composed anonymously in England during the Elizabethan era. The lyrics were written in 1865 by William Chatterton Dix, whose hobby was poetry. There are five sheet music versions of the song for piano here in the key of A minor, for beginners to more advanced players.
The beginner version of What Child Is This for piano features the melody in the treble clef staff. The easy version of What Child Is This for piano splits the melody between the right and left hands. The simple version of What Child Is This for piano has a basic left hand accompaniment line that complements the melody. The intermediate version of What Child Is This for piano includes harmony and moving notes in the left hand. The advanced version of What Child Is This for piano features a more complex arrangement with chords and moving lines 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 What Child Is This. 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 What Child Is This 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.