The spellbinding melody was originally a folk song intended to be a winter melody of good wishes. Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych, a composer and music teacher composed it in 1916. "Shchedryk" is the song's Ukranian title which means bountiful.
The English lyrics were written by American composer, Peter J. Wilhousky. Although it was initially meant as a New Year’s celebration song, due to its widespread performances, it quickly gained recognition and appreciation especially in the Western audiences, leading to the renaming of it into "Carol of the Bells". The lyrics are copyrighted today, but the original Ukrainian piece is not.
"Carol of the Bells" became quickly associated with Christmas and still a favorite for kids and adults alike even on today's generation!
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