Ding Dong Merrily on High
|"Ding Dong Merrily on High"|
|Songwriter(s)||George Ratcliffe Woodward|
"Ding Dong Merrily on High" is a Christmas carol. The tune first appeared as a secular dance tune known under the title "Branle de l'Official" in Orchésographie, a dance book written by the French cleric, composer and writer Jehan Tabourot (1519–1593). The lyrics are from English composer George Ratcliffe Woodward (1848–1934), and the carol was first published in 1924 in his The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-two Songs for Christmas, Easter, And Other Seasons. Woodward took an interest in church bell ringing, which no doubt aided him in writing it. Woodward was the author of several carol books, including Songs of Syon and The Cowley Carol Book. The macaronic style is characteristic of Woodward’s delight in archaic poetry. Charles Wood harmonised the tune when it was published with Woodward's text in The Cambridge Carol Book. More recently, Sir David Willcocks made an arrangement for the second book of Carols for Choirs.
Gloria, Hosanna in excelsis!
[Glory! Hosanna in the highest!]
where the sung vowel sound "o" of "Gloria" is fluidly sustained through a lengthy rising and falling melismatic melodic sequence, extending the word to a 33 syllable long lyric.
- Thoinot Arbeau (1589). Orchesographie. Langres. p. 90–93.
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- Ding Dong Merrily on High lyrics
- Ding Dong Merrily on High Lyrics – French Christmas Songs – Latin Christmas Carol Gloria in Excelsis Deo Lyrics
- Free sheet music from the Choral Public Domain Library
- The Cambridge Carol-Book: Being Fifty-Two Songs For Easter, Christmas, And Other Seasons (with scans of original)
- Free sheet music of Ding Dong Merrily on High for SATB from Cantorion.org