There are two popular versions of the Christmas carol Away in a Manger. Select an image below for a free printable PDF of Away in a Manger for viola, by James R. Murray, which is the popular version of the carol in America. Or, select a free printable PDF of the English version of Away in a Manger for viola, by William J. Kirkpatrick. It is best known in Great Britain and the rest of the world. Both of the arrangements are in the key of C. Visit the Away in a Manger string play-along page for arrangements of the carol for violin, cello, and bass. The band music to Away in a Manger is also in the key of C, so you can play it with woodwind and brass instruments.
If you are looking for another key or range for your instrument, visit the Away in a Manger lead sheet page, which features each version of the carol in seven different keys. That pages also gives a brief bio of both of the composers.
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. More Christmas songs for viola.
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 is also a play-along YouTube video of the carol included below, for the version by Murray.