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Jingle Bells for Piano Trio

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By James Pierpont

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Piano Trio with Optional Sleigh Bells - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by James Pierpont (1822-1893). Arranged by James M. Guthrie, ASCAP. Christmas. Score, Set of Parts. 15 pages. Published by jmsgu3 (S0.297907).

Item Number: S0.297907

A unique arrangement of Jingle Bells arranged for piano trio (piano, violin, cello, and optional sleigh bells). The first verses are based on the traditional version. After an abrupt modulation, the third verse explores an augmentation canon, while the cello pursues a wild sleigh ride passage. Meanwhile, the tune is fragmented and sequenced in the piano. It gets wild but straightens out for the final refrain. Score: 7 pg, 68 ms. String parts: 2 pg. Sleighbell part: 1 pg. Piano part: 3 pg.

Jingle Bells is perhaps the most famous songs in American music history. James L. Pierpont published the song as “One Horse Open Sleigh” in the late 1850’s. Since its introduction, peoplebegan to insist that Pierpont wrote it for a Sunday school choir. However, itseems unlikely that such a secular song would be considered appropriate duringthat historical period for Sunday school.

Christmas Repertoire

Pierpont wrote the song for the Thanksgiving holidays, butover time people began to think of it more as a Christmas song. Some choirsadopted it as part of their Christmas repertoire in the 1860s and 1870s. JingleBells was first recorded in 1889 on a wax cylinder.


No one knowswhere Pierpont composed the song. One theory suggests he wrote it in MedfordMassachusetts in 1850. Sleigh races were certainly popular in 19thCentury Massachusetts. To this day, a commemorative placard appears in Medfordsquare claiming that it is the birthplace of Jingle Bells. Others suggest thathe wrote it in Savannah, Georgia where he was an organist and music director atthe Unitarian Church. This theory gains support from the copyright date of1857. We know he was living in Savannah by then.

Traffic Signals

Horse-drawn sleighs are relatively quiet in the snow. Consequently,horses were usually equipped with bell-laden straps so as to avoid accidents atblind intersections. Sleigh drivers in 19th Century New England wereconstantly vigilant, listening for the sounds of approaching horse-drawnsleighs. The tune imitates the rhythm that the trotting horse bells produce.


Jingle Bells was sung as a drinking song at local revelries: duringthe song folks would rhythmically jangle the ice in their glasses. A sleighride gave couples an opportunity to be alone together. The term “Jingle bells” is a poetic descriptive adjectivereferring specifically to the more accurate term sleigh bells. In manyarrangements, sleigh bells are used to accentuate the rhythm during the song chorus.

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