Carol Of The Bells was composed in 1916 as a Ukranian folk tune by Mykola Leontovych. The song, whose original title was "Shkedryk", is about a sparrow and the bountiful year of a family.
The song was first performed on January 13, 1916, which is considered New Year's Eve on the Julian calendar. It wasn't until 1921 that "Shkedryk" was performed in the U.S. at Carnegie Hall on October 5.
New lyrics, based on the melody of the original tune, were written in 1936 by composer Peter Wilhousky. It became what we now know as the Christmas song "Carol Of The Bells", heralding the sound of bells at Christmas.
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