The successful songwriting team of Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane wrote Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas for the 1944 MGM musical Meet Me in St. Louis , where it was introduced by Judy Garland.
The original lyrics were too melancholic and Garland asked for something a little bit more upbeat instead. Blane substituted them to the now-familiar lyrics of those Garland sang in the movie, although Frank Sinatra asked for one further change so that the song could be included on his album The Joy Of Christmas . It is one of the most popular Christmas songs of all time and has been recorded by over 500 artists.
This arrangement, for cornet with band accompaniment, captures the reflective style of the original song, although allows a little bit of magic to close.
A soundclip can be found here
Item Code: TPBB-065
Grade: Suitable for all