Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) - The Piano Guys

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"I love these two carols (Carol of the Bells/God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen) - they were made for each other -- they both capture the excitement of the Christmas Season. I have three children that just get giddy during December -- excited each morning as they get closer and closer to Christmas Day. That excitement is so contagious. I love it. It's the kind of energy and eagerness that keeps you up at night. I wanted to capture that joy and anticipation in this arrangement.

People have told me that this reminds them of the Pirates of the Caribbean. Maybe one year the Pirates franchise will make a Christmas special and THIS could be the theme song! Instead of Carol of the Bells it could be titled 'Jack Sparrow of the Bells.' =)"
-Steven Sharp Nelson

Carol of the Bells attributed to Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen: Traditional English Carol
Arrangement written and produced by Steven Sharp Nelson & Al van der Beek
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Al van der Beek at TPG Studios
Featured on the album "Christmas Cello"
Video Producer Paul Anderson
Cinematographer/Editor Tel Stewart

For my fellow music geeks =) my favorite part of writing this arrangement is the obligatory hemiola due to the meter difference between the two songs -- one is 3/4 and the other 4/4. I hope you like the way they collide. My second favorite part is the intense canon at the end that creates a cluster-chord feel and dissonant coda finally resolving with the main theme of BOTH tunes.

Shooting locations:

Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah
Little Cottonwood Canyon (Utah)
Big Cottonwood Canyon (Utah)
Ice Rink at the Gallivan Center (Salt Lake City, Utah)

Special thanks to the Security guard at the Gallivan Center for not kicking us off location. And to the random guy(W.D. Johnson), who came along and offered his snow shoe so the cello wouldn't sink into the snow.

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💬 Comments on the video

I came here, 4 years later, to edit this comment. Now people are gonna be wondering why does this comment has so many likes.

Author — Juan Felipe Herrera


The fact they're smiling through the whole thing is the best part. You can see how passionate they are for music :)

Author — Caitlyn OBrien


I'm proud that this Ukrainian Carol is so famous in whole the world)

Author — Тетяна Грудень


Missed opportunity to call this CELLO of the Bells

Author — Artbug


It is ukrainian song "Shchedryk" by Mykola Leontovych/ He was born on this day 1877

Author — Василь Шандро


i accidently watched this video with speed 1.5x and i was sitting there like: how can he play so frixking fast?!?

Author — Anna Walker


I imagine it was probably a struggle to keep the cello in tune. My home is higher up in the mountains and during the winter my violin strings are often like "nope, we're out. Bye." and I'm like "but I love you, Whhhhy?"
Haha. Random thoughts. This is my favorite variation of Carol of the Bells. =)

Author — Old King Spook


0:36 i don't play cello so i don't know the proper name but his bow hairs are coming out

Author — Draco Malfoy


This is Ukrainian Christmas song "Shchedryk". Author of music M. Leontowych

Author — Valerii Burianenko


Steve, you are really good at twirling your bow. I play cello and I find twirling my bow really soothing. I don't know why. You are cool and I have played carol of the bells on my cello, but it sounds a lot cooler with 12 cellos than my one cello.

Author — Maureen Hubbard


This is one of my favorite carols! Thanks to *Ukrainian* composer Mykola Dmytrovych Leontovych!)

Author — Double Musician


3.8k grinches. Must have clicked on this by mistake.

Author — alonzo calvillo


1:44 Don't think I don't see the "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" snuck in there!

Author — Jason Fowler


Can't wait for their next arrangement: "The Twelve Days of Christmas for Thirteen Cellos".

Author — Pseudo Boethius


"Christmas time!"

"... it's Septemb--"


Author — Babs likes cartoons


I watch and listen to this every year when it's nearing December.

Author — satantcor1


This is one and favorite Christmas song!

Author — Linda Garren


is it just me or there is actually out of tune in some note

Author — heyitsbagus


I have the absolute strongest respect for these men. They use their talent to spread positivity in the world. This is what we need right now. The world needs peace. They need Jesus Christ. God bless you all! ❤️🤗

Author — Traci Neal- Speaker Poet


I really like how he notices his bow hair was coming of bet he just kept playing 💖.

Author — Layla & Karissa