Sheet Music to the Boars Head Carols
This page consolidates all of the public domain sheet music that I have found, so far. Undoubtedly, there is additional sheet music in the public domain of which I am unaware, and likewise, sheet music that is under copyright (see Sheet Music Sources). Where the original music is lost, any song can be matched to existing music that has the same meter. Of course, it would be best to match the musical rhythms with the literary rhythms, and to find a tune which has the correct mood ó distinguishing a lullaby from a jig, for example. On this topic, please see: What Is Meter?
The Boris Hed In Hondes I Brynge - Balliol MS 354 (Richard Greene, ed., A Selection of English Carols, 1962)
The Bores Hede In Hondes I Bringe (Chambers and Sidgwick, Early English Lyrics (London: A. H. Bullen, 1907)
II. Tidings I Bring You For To Tell (Husk) - No sheet music found yet.
Also Tydynges I Bryng 3ow For To Tell (Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century, 1847)
III. At The Beginning Of The Meat (Husk) - No sheet music found yet.
Also At The Begynnyng Of The Mete (Thomas Wright, Songs and Carols Now First Printed From a Manuscript of the Fifteenth Century, 1847)
IV. The Boar's Head In Hand Bring I (The Early Version from Husk)
V. The Boarís Head In Hand Bring I (The Later Version from Husk)
The Boar's Head In Hand Bear I (William Chappell, The Ballad Literature and Popular Music of the Olden Time, 1859; with music)
The bores heed in hande bring I (Blackletter) (Edward Bliss Reed, Christmas Carols Printed in the 16th Century Including Kele's Christmas Carolles Newly Inprynted, 1932)
Sheet Music from John Richard Magrath, The Queen's College. Vol. 1 of 2 (1341-1646) (Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1921), pp. 240-241.
Christmas Carols, William Chappell, The Ballad Literature and Popular
Music of the Olden Time. (London: Chappell & Co., 1859), pp. 750-758.
"From Dr. Rimbaultís Little Book of Christmas Carols."
Nathan Boughton Warren, The Holidays: Christmas, Easter,
and Whitsuntide; together with the May-day (Troy, NY: H. B.
Nims and Company, 1876). The carol with music arranged by
Rimbault is found on pp. 230 and 231.
MIDI / Noteworthy Composer / PDF
VI. The Boar's Head, That We Bring Here (Husk)
Also The Borys Hede That We Bryng Here (Joseph Ritson, Observations on the Three First Volumes of the History of English Poetry, 1782, and Ritson, Ancient Songs and Ballads From the Reign of King Henry the Second to the Revolution, 1790)
Sheet Music from John Stafford Smith, Musica Antiqua. Vol. 1. (London: Printed & Sold by Preston, 1812), #22.
In this version, the first line of the first
"The boar's head that I bring here."
VII. The Boar Is Dead (Husk) as sung at St. John's College, Oxford, in 1607
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