Swingin' Old Saint Nick

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James D Ployhar

Traditional, arranged by James D Ployhar

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General Info

Year: 1867 / 1998
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Christmas song
Publisher: Alfred Music
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print.


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Program Notes

This arrangement is a version of the traditional secular Christmas tune Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, with a moderate rock beat.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is a Christmas song that originated with a poem by Emily Huntington Miller (1833-1913), published as Lilly's Secret in The Little Corporal Magazine in December 1865. The song's lyrics have also been attributed to Benjamin Hanby, who wrote a similar song in the 1860s, Up on the Housetop. However, the lyrics now in common use closely resemble Miller's 1865 poem.

The music has been attributed to John Piersol McCaskey, a school principal and former mayor of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who claimed to have written the song in 1867.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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