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

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Carol of the Bells (for 12 cellos) - The Piano Guys 5

"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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Music is the most beautiful thing humans have discovered

Author — Juan Felipe Herrera


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


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


That song sounds better at a lower pitch than the versions I have heard before.

Author — Elisa Rolston


Наша щедрівка якось по новому зазвучала, то є добре!

Author — Александр Белый


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

Author — Lachae Thomas


I dont play a cello but this sounded nice even though I play a violin it still sounded nice, I wish I could learn this it was really pretty

Author — Wolfie K


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


I hear god rest ye merry gentlemen too, im playing at my concert and these two are 2/7 im playing :)

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

Author — alonzo calvillo


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

Author — Valerii Burianenko


I felt in love with these guys listening to this song several years ago ❤

Author — Vale M


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

Author — Pseudo Boethius


I watched this at 0.25x speed, and sometimes it looks like he is angry!

Author — Jason Claypool


"Christmas time!"

"... it's Septemb--"


Author — Babs likes cartoons


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

Author — Jason Fowler


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

Author — satantcor1


This just randomly loaded after my beloved TSO version of Carol of the Bells, and I was spellbound the entire time, standing ovation :)

Author — Daniel Carson