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Christmas Royalty Free Music: The Twelve Days Of Christmas — 4 Versions Available

Francois Arbour
By Francois Arbour
By Francois Arbour

As Christmas stock music, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a wonderful choice for a variety of holiday-themed productions.

The classic holiday folk song, “The Twelve Days of Christmas” was first published in England around 1780, though it was likely written some time before that. The song was originally used as a rhyme in what was called a “memories-and-forfeits” game, commonly played among children in 1700s England. In the game, a leader would call out the verses as they went along, to be repeated by the players until a mistake was made in repeating them. The cumulative nature of the verses, of course, made each successive verse more difficult than the last. The musical portion of the song wasn’t published until 1842, when James O. Halliwell recorded the earliest known version of the tune. His version was only half of what we now know of the song however. In the early 1900s, English singer and composer Frederic Austin recorded the song in its complete form, and it was copyrighted in 1909 as the version you know today.

We have several traditional arrangements of the tune, and a jazz version for those that want something a bit outside the ordinary. “The Twelve Days of Christmas” is a must-have for seekers of classic Christmas royalty free music!

Here are our 4 Royalty Free versions of The Twelve Days of Christmas:

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Christmas Royalty Free Music: The Twelve Days Of Christmas — 4 Versions Available