Away in a Manger

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This is an arrangement of 'Away in a Manger' for piano, grade 2-3. It is good practice for training the top fingers of the left hand to become independent while the fifth finger holds down pedal note. The piece should be played gently, like a lullaby, with the two phrases rising and falling. Try using the sustain pedal a bit for extra smoothness.

No-one is quite sure who wrote the words of 'Away in a Manger', and this has led to some heated arguments between academic types. A few have suggested Martin Luther had something to do with it, but most now reckon he didn't.

To add to the confusion, people living in the UK sing a different tune from the Americans to the much-loved Christmas carol. The version here is the tune used in the UK, and was written by (strangely enough) an American musician called William J. Kirkpatrick.

Om Away in a Manger

Away in a Manger är en engelskspråkig julsång vars melodi är komponerad av den amerikanske musikern William J. Kirkpatrick 1885. Sången handlar om när Jesus föddes i Betlehem, och i Storbritannien är det en av de mer populära julsångerna, enligt en Gallup Poll-undersökning 1996 där den hamnade tvåa.
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