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The music to Deck the Halls comes from Wales, possibly from the 16th century. The fa-la-la refrains were probably originally played on the harp.
In the 18th century the melody spread widely across Europe. Even Mozart used it in his piano and violon composition, commonly identified as Sonata No. 18.
The English words generally sung today are American in origin. The author is unknown. The first publication date of Deck the Halls is 1881.
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