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Free Easy Choir Arrangement: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Friday, November 9th, 2012

O Little Town of Bethlehem

Here is a free easy choir arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”.   This is an easy two-verse arrangement for young girls and ladies’ SA group.

The young girls sing the first two lines of each verse and the ladies (soprano and alto) join on the third line.

Not a lot of prep time involved in learning this easy selection….allowing the singers to focus on the message.

I wrote this arrangement to go with the easy Christmas Program found at the following link:

The Christmas Story



O Little Town of Bethlehem: Early Advanced Piano Arrangement

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Just to let my readers know that my arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” was just published today.

The arrangement is available in our online music store at the following link:

Advanced Piano Solos: O Little Town of Bethlehem

Or…purchase it directly below:

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The Church Pianist: Free Christmas Piano Arrangement

Friday, December 19th, 2008

Click here for free arrangement of O Little Town of Bethlehem

The mood of a song determines what

type of accompaniment the pianist will  use.


“O Little Town of Bethlehem” is a soft

and peaceful Christmas carol…like a



If I were playing this as a piano solo,

I would use less fullness for a softer

texture. Since this was arranged  for the

congregation, the pianist will need

fuller chords for supporting a large

group of singers.


This particular Christmas carol has

frequent accidental or (altered) chords,

which can create awkward moves for

the pianist.

I tried to create an accompaniment

containing smooth harmonic movement

for the pianist.


Editor notes for: “O Little Town of Bethlehem”


Measure 3 :

I added the 7th note

to the ii chord (g minor) for a warmer

tone on the 3rd beat.

Measure 5:

The right hand plays a

fill-in on beats 3 and 4 for a smooth

transition to the upper range.

Measure 7:

Notice how I’m working

my way back down to the middle
range of the keyboard with my
right hand.

Measure 8:

I’m back to middle range
of keyboard to create a darker tone for
the words. (“….dark street…”)

Measure 13:

Bell tones (4th interval on

beats 2 and 3 to convey a “lighter” tone).

Please feel free to use this free piano

arrangement for congregation or choir.

You may adapt it to a piano solo with

minor changes.

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