God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

English Christmas carol: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen.

God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen is a traditional English Christmas carol. Its origins seem to date back to the 15th or 16th century, although it was first published at the beginning of the 19th century. It is likely that formerly it was used by groups of workers or children to ask for door-to-door Christmas box. That way it appears in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol: in response to the singing, Scrooge grips so strongly one of the singers that he finally escapes in terror.

Transcription for three recorders (one soprano and two double bass) by Massimo Pennesi. In the case, very likely, in which double bass recorders are not available, a piano can play the two staves to accompany the melody of the soprano recorder.

Pentatonix: God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen

After starting with a more traditional first execution, Pentatonix surprises us with a delicious arrangement in the following video clip.