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Gesù, Bambino

About the Song

Music by Pietro Yon
Text by Frederick H. Martens
Arranged by Sally DeFord

Gesu, Bambino is one of the most beautiful of what I always think of as the “modern Christmas classics.” It’s old enough to be a standard, but newer than many of our favorites. In its original form, it is peaceful and restful. My aim in this arrangement of it was to up the “fun factor” a notch, so the tempo is a bit quicker, and the chords and key changes are a bit more modern. You can take it at a fast clip like Allyse did in the recording, or slow it down a bit to maintain the restful feeling.

As often happens when I arrange a song for solo voice first and do the choral arrangement afterwards, the accompaniment has been modified somewhat for the SATB to accommodate the way the parts are written. The SSA and Solo accompaniments are interchangeable.

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Recording featuring vocals by Allyse Smith Taylor:

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Lyrics

When blossoms flowered ‘mid the snows
Upon a winter night
Was born the Child, the Christmas Rose
The King of love and light
The angels sang, the shepherds sang
The grateful earth rejoiced
And at His blessed birth the stars
Their exultation voiced

Oh come, let us adore Him
Christ, the Lord

Again the heart with rapture glows
To greet the holy night
That gave the world its Christmas Rose
The King of love and light
Let every voice acclaim His name
The grateful chorus swell
From paradise to earth He came
That we with Him might dwell

Oh come, let us adore Him
Christ the Lord

3 Comments

  1. Norrita

    Re Gesu Bambino I would love to have a piano version of this .my Dad sang it every Christmas when i was a little girl I have been trying to make a piano version out of your solo but is not going so well love Norrita Sanders

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  2. Jean

    Thank you so much for providing this! I had a copy of the music, and I have been asked to sing it at our upcoming Christmas Eve service. The last time I sang it was right before my mother’s death, and in the confusion thereafter, I have misplaced my copy. I’m eternally grateful for the sheet music you provided *and* the transposing tool. God bless you, and have a Merry Christmas!!

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  3. Chris Calkins

    I, to love this song! But, It’s a bit repetitive and draggy.
    This is wonderful! Modern and yet Elizabethan at the same time.
    Thank you, thank you!

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