O Christmas tree (O Tannenbaum) – Piano Tutorial, Notes, Keys, Sheet Music

How to Play O Christmas tree (O Tannenbaum)

Carol, Germany.

“O Tannenbaum” was originally a traditional German folk song, which turned into a Christmas Carol in the early 20th century, as the Christmas tree turned to be one of the main decorative objects of the season. The modern lyrics were written in 1824 by Ernst Anschütz who was a Leipzig organist, teacher and composer.

The lyrics refer to the Tannenbaum, a fir tree, that is admired as a symbol of faithfulness and constancy. When it was translated into English, the symbolism was shifted towards the tree as a Christmas holiday feature.

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O Christmas Tree on the Piano | Easy Christmas Piano Tutorial

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Sheet music with chords in F

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Teaching ideas

The measure 3/4 is not so common among Christmas carols. It happens that the figure of the tree is a triangle, like the movement we have for conducting this measure.

Try to “draw” on the air, preferably with the right hand, a triangle. Start from the top, go down inside, then straight out (the base of the triangle), and up to the top again. This is the shape of the tree, and the figure of the 3/4 measure too!

Repeat this “drawing” while singing the melody. Children look at the teacher and follow him. At the end of the verse they manage to conduct the song!

Now find out the “strong” beat of the measure (the first one, at the first line we draw on by hand, from the top -> down inside) and ask a child to hit the tambourine on it. For the second and third beat another child plays e.g. the triangle. We sing and conduct all together, two children play on instruments.

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