Carol of the Bells composed by Mykola Leonovitch in about 1916, is based on a Ukrainian folk chant, Shchedryk, a traditional New Year song. Of the many versions created since, it is perhaps well known as part of John Williams’ soundtrack for the film ‘Home Alone’ where it has new lyrics in English. The tune happens to sound great on the cello. I am biased: I play the cello and loved playing this piece with my students. I like this version by Daniel Demian which weaves in two other melodies. Warning: if you don’t like heights, this clip contains mountain top views.