We Three Kings – Waltz Ballad – Beginner (Grade 1)

We Three Kings – Waltz Ballad – Beginner (Grade 1)

(US) $2.50

(7 customer reviews)

We Three Kings is a waltz ballad in E minor for beginner players at about the Grade 1 (ABRSM) standard.

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This magical waltz ballad arrangement of the classic Christmas carol, We Three Kings is ideal for beginners at about the Grade 1 level (ABRSM).

John Henry Hopkins Jr. wrote this popular carol for a Christmas pageant in New York City in 1857. He originally worked as a journalist in New York and studied to become a lawyer. After graduating from the University of Vermont, he decided to join the clergy instead and was ordained in 1850, becoming the first music teacher at the General Theological Seminary in New York City.

This arrangement is in E minor and features arpeggio triad quarter notes in the left hand to accompany the opening melody. The 'star of wonder...' refrain continues with a lilting left hand accompaniment and plenty of dynamics to enjoy. The meter is 3-4 time, so the quarter note crotchet tempo is fairly allegro at about 140 bpm.

Check out the play-along backing track which accompanies this sheet music - a special treat for both the player and audience at any Christmas performance! You'll also get a slow-tempo backing track as a practice aid before moving up to the marked tempo.

We Three Kings also comes with lyrics for the first two verses and refrain, so everyone can join in!


Additional information

Audio Downloads

Performance MP3, Playalong Backing, Slow Tempo Playalong Backing









Time Signature



Beginner (Grade 1)


Sheet music

7 reviews for We Three Kings – Waltz Ballad – Beginner (Grade 1)

  1. Edna Bloom (verified owner)

    Really, really, nice – I used this with all levels of students. The audio tracks worked well for many applications: demonstration, hands alone practice, improv, and performance. Everyone enjoyed the fresh harmonies. Delightful!

  2. Maria Johnson (verified owner)

  3. Yvette Baer (verified owner)

    Perfect for beginners who want to have a sophisticated sound.

  4. Hilary (verified owner)

  5. Louise H. (verified owner)

    I enjoyed this a lot and very accessible for beginners.

  6. Ann (verified owner)

    This is the nicest arrangement of this Christmas song that I’ve found anywhere 😊. Just lovely

  7. Gina C. (verified owner)

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