We do not know who composed The First Noel, but we do know that it is a Cornish carol that probably dates back to the seventeenth century. It has appeared in many different compilations of Christmas songs over the last two hundred years. Noel is the French word for Christmas, and the lyrics tell of Christ’s birth and the story of the shepherds and wise men who traveled to see him.
Select the song image below for a printable PDF of The First Noel, or scroll down for links to many more arrangements in different keys in treble, bass, and alto clefs. The First Noel is also arranged so that woodwinds and brass can all play it together, and string instruments can play it together. Select an instrument image below for more Christmas songs written for your instrument. You can also view and print the lyrics to The First Noel.
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