Christmas Music, Part 1 – Sleigh Ride

December 01, 2021

Sleigh Ride

I've always liked Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride as a secular Christmas song :)  It's not technically a Christmas song since the words never mention Christmas but it's often played now so it seems like a way to ease into the season.

Anderson had the original idea for the piece during a heatwave in July 1946;  he finished the work in February 1948.  Lyrics, about a person who would like to ride in a sleigh on a winter's day with another person, were written by Mitchell Parish in 1950.

The orchestral version was first recorded in 1949 by Arthur Fiedler and The Boston Pops Orchestra. The song was a hit record and has become the equivalent of a signature song for the orchestra.

A fun arrangement has been made for piano duet.  

 

Tags: music, secular, sleigh ride, arthur fiedler, boston pops, leroy anderson, mormon tabernacle choir

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