The Christmas Tree
from "Seven Children's Songs" Op. 61
Lyrics ByEnglish Translation by William H. Halverson
Music ByEdvard Grieg
Edited ByDarcy Morrissey
The heartfelt lyrics of this charming piece originate from the beloved children’s book, Peter’s Christmas. This poetic work is a snapshot of the ideal Scandinavian Christmas in the 1800s and continues to be read at Christmastime in Denmark. Between the two best-known musical settings of this poem—one by Danish composer C.E.F Weyse, and this one by Grieg—the Weyse setting is the most popular in Norway.