The popular American Christmas carol The Birthday Of A King was written c.1890 by William Neidlinger. It contrasts the humble little village of Bethlehem with the glory and greatness of Jesus Christ, who was born there. Famously recorded by Judy Garland for Decca Records in 1941, it has been a favourite of the repertoire for over 125 years.
William H. Neidlinger (1863-1924) was an organist, singing teacher, and composer, who wrote several pedagogical works. His interest in child psychology led him to abandon music and start a school for disadvantaged children, where he put his theories of music education into practice.
The Birthday Of A King has been arranged for medium Voice and Piano in the suitable key of A flat.