Huron Carol

Huron Carol


Origin:  Canadian Christmas Hymn

Arranger: H. Dean Wagner

Octaves Handbell: 3 – 6

Octaves Handchimes: 2 – 7

Level: 3

Other:  optional handchimes with bass or native drum, sleigh or jingle bells, and windchimes

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The Huron Carol is Canada’s oldest Christmas song, written by a Jesuit missionary, Jean de Brebeuf, in the 1640s. The inspiration for it grew out of the relationship between the missionaries and the indigenous Wendat people. The melody is based on a French folk song and is hauntingly lovely. Dean has crafted a gorgeous arrangement of this tune incorporating singing bells, handchimes, LV, mart-lifts, and more. Beginning with a beautiful introduction, it develops into a legato LV bass line with handchime melody giving way to melody in the bells. There are so many very special touches that create an awesome piece for worship or concert! This is definitely a ‘must-have’ for your Christmas repertoire! 

Octave Ranges
3-7 Octaves
Christmas (Religious)
Holiday (Secular)
School and Youth
Secular - general usage
Level of Difficulty
Level 3
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