What Child is this? (Traditional)

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Editor: Paul Grady (submitted 2018-01-24).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 142 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This is a descant for the final verse of the carol.


See also the Christmas Songbook

Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2012-10-03)  CPDL #27258:      (Finale 2011)
Editor: James W. Keefe (submitted 2012-10-03).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: for TTBB
Editor: Rod Mather (submitted 2008-12-10).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 26 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: John Stainer
Edition notes: a cappella
  • (Posted 2004-05-20)  CPDL #07074:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Edward L. Stauff (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 58 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: a cappella or with keyboard accomp.
  • (Posted 2000-11-27)  CPDL #01780:  Network.png GIF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Christopher R. Baker (submitted 2000-11-27).   Copyright: CC BY 1.0
Arranger: John Stainer
Edition notes: a cappella


Editor: Richard Irwin (submitted 2008-03-16).   Score information: A3, 2 pages, 46 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Arranger: Richard Irwin
Edition notes: Arranged for unison voices with mixed ensemble (2 Lutes, Oboe d'Amore and Violin).
  • (Posted 2000-07-02)  CPDL #01073:  Network.png PDF files available.
Editor: Sally DeFord (submitted 2000-07-02).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: Personal
Arranger: Sally DeFord
Edition notes: with piano and optional flute.

General Information

Title: What Child is this?
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional), attributed to Henry VIII
Tune: Greensleeves
Lyricist: William Chatterton Dix , The Manger Throne, 1865

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: SATB or TTBB, also unison arr.
Genre: SacredCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1871 in Christmas Carols New and Old, (Stainer arr.)


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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at What Child is this?.