Carol of the Bells

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Carol of the Bells” is a Christmas carol composed by the Ukrainian composer Mykola Leontovych with an English text created later by American composer Peter J. Wilhousky. The carol, recognized by a four-note ostinato motif, is based on a folk chant known in Ukrainian as “Shchedryk.” It is a holiday favorite throughout the English-speaking world.
The cellist in this video, Steven Sharp Nelson, 34, is a pioneer in “cello-percussion”—an alternative performance method that combines traditional, lyrical cello techniques with unconventional pizzicato and percussive technique. He was born and still resides in Salt Lake City, Utah. He began studying cello at age 8, percussion at age 12, guitar at age 17, and graduated in 2002 with a degree in music from the University of Utah School of Music.
Nelson is well known for his collaborations with pianist Jon Schmidt as The piano guys. Schmidt and Nelson perform regularly together throughout the United States and the world.

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2 responses to “Carol of the Bells

  1. Merry Christmas!

  2. Ditto and Amen! We get someone this talented only once in a generation; Yo Yo Ma was the last one, luckily he still lives!.


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