In The Bleak Midwinter – Ballad – Beginner (Grade 2)

In The Bleak Midwinter – Ballad – Beginner (Grade 2)

(US) $2.50

(5 customer reviews)

In The Bleak Midwinter is a Christmas ballad in F major for established beginner players at about the Grade 2 (ABRSM) standard.

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Wrap up all cosy and warm with this peaceful arrangement of In The Bleak Midwinter for established beginners at about the Grade 2 level (ABRSM).

The lyrics of this Christmas carol are based on a poem written by English poet Christina Rossetti in 1872. Her mother, Gabrielle Rossetti, was from Vasto in Italy, but Christina was born and lived in London, writing a variety of romantic, devotional and children's poems. In 1906, Gustav Holst set her poem to music for the English Hymnal.

This arrangement of In The Bleak Midwinter is in F major and flows along at a steady andante tempo. A charming four-bar introduction sets the scene for both verses and there are some scrummy jazz chords and suspensions to enjoy within the smooth melodic phrases.

A play-along backing track comes with this piano sheet music featuring flute, guitar, percussion and upright jazz bass. There is also a slow tempo play-along backing for practising up to the marked tempo.

Keep snug now!

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Audio Downloads

Performance MP3, Playalong Backing, Slow Tempo Playalong Backing









Time Signature



Established Beginner (Grade 2)


Sheet music

5 reviews for In The Bleak Midwinter – Ballad – Beginner (Grade 2)

  1. jensalmon (verified owner)

    Beautiful! Say no more.

  2. Edna Bloom (verified owner)

    This arrangement is lovely, and so is the cover art. I would rate this more as a Grade 3 for difficulty. Very versatile, especially when using the backing tracks. And EXCELLENT value!

  3. Hilary (verified owner)

  4. Ann (verified owner)

    A really lovely arrangement of a Christmas classic

  5. Maggie George (verified owner)

    My student really loved this too

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