About This Song
Christmas Time is Here guitar sheet music: “Christmas Time Is Here” is a popular Christmas standard written by Vince Guaraldi (with Lee Mendelson/lyricist) for the television special A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965. Mr. Guaraldi (1928–1976) was an American jazz pianist noted for his innovative compositions and arrangements.
The song was originally written in the key of F major and Stevan transposed it to the key of A major that modulates to E major in the middle section and then modulates back to A major for the ending.
About the composer:
Vincent Anthony Guaraldi ( July 17, 1928 – February 6, 1976) was an American jazz pianist best known for composing music for animated television adaptations of the Peanuts comic strip. His compositions for this series included their signature melody “Linus and Lucy” and the holiday standard “Christmas Time Is Here”. The soundtrack album was recorded by the Vince Guaraldi Trio, featuring drummer Jerry Granelli and bassist Fred Marshall, and contained the songs “Christmas Time Is Here”, “Skating” and “Linus and Lucy”. Both the seasonal television special and accompanying soundtrack were very successful. Guaraldi defined the Peanuts sound, and it’s just as true today as it was in the 1960s. The compositions themselves are uniformly sparkling; it’s as if the jazz pianist and his trio were waiting for this precise inspiration.