There are two popular melodies for the Christmas carol Away in a Manger, and you can select an image below for a printable PDF of each one, for soprano or alto recorder. Away in a Manger for soprano recorder, composed by James R. Murray, is the most popular version of the carol in the United States. The English melody to Away in a Manger for recorder, was written by William J. Kirkpatrick, and it is the most popular version of the carol in Great Britain and other parts of the world. The alto recorder songs on this page are in the key of C, and can be performed along with the band and string versions of Away in a Manger. Visit the lyrics page for Away in a Manger to read the words to the song. See the Away in a Manger lead sheet page for more information on the carol, as well as more arrangements of it. Visit the recorder home page for more Christmas songs for recorder.
New! - Play this song along with piano! Piano accompaniment parts for Away in a Manger are now available to accompany all instruments and singers, in free, printable PDF format. There are also play-along YouTube videos of the carol included below for both soprano and alto recorder, for the version by Murray.
See the transposition page for explanations and charts to help you determine the appropriate key to play in when performing with instruments that are not in concert key. 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!