A few years ago we started publishing arrangements for piano and accessible handbells. These have proven to be very popular so we continue this series with this setting of Hope's most popular hymn copyright. The piano setting is of intermediate difficulty and the handbells are Level 2.
With minimal rehearsal, this joyous original composition is sure to create a big impact! Utilizing a variety of handbell techniques with limited bell changes, this is one to program time and time again. A perfect selection for Easter or any day of celebration.
This sturdy hymn tune serves well to set the tone for worship during the Lenten season. It opens with a simple statement of the melody and slowly evolves into an expanded voicing of the original hymn, utilizing LV arpeggios across the ensemble between verses. This accessible, Level 1+ setting is useful anytime of the year as an expression of the power of God's love through Jesus Christ.
Combining 3-5 octave handbells with optional keyboard, this is a festive presentation from the opening chords to the final cadence. Choirs will enjoy the interplay between the two instruments as they work together to breathe new energy into this classic hymn.
This familiar hymn tune sparkles to life in this joyful setting, calling everyone to come to worship! With surprising harmonies along the way and the addition of a second hymn tune, "Be Thou My Vision" (SLANE), the listener is pulled into a dynamic presentation of two familiar melodies.
This engaging and contrasting medley pays tribute to the Sacresd Harp hymnal with its opening treatment in a minor key, before transitioning to a lively major key. The theme of heaven and eternal life are emphasized at the ending with an invitation to "gather at the river" that flows by the throne of God.
Here are eleven of our best-selling contemporary arrangements of recent years, all for 3-5 octave choirs. There are seven Level 2s and one each for Level 2-, 2+, 3- and 3. Eleven great pieces for the cost of 3 makes this a real budget stretcher!
Collected here are ten of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all Level 2 for 3-5 octave choirs. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers, and represent a wide range of styles that you will find useful throughout the year.
Bringing together a beloved hymn with a praise and worship classic, this setting for piano and Level 2 3-5 octave handbells creates an enticing interplay between all the elements. After introducing both selections, the two instruments join together and pair the two hymns in an enchanting back and forth dialogue.
This grand, energetic setting of the familiar hymn tune is an ideal offering for the Easter season or any celebratory worship or concert program. With the opening fanfare and rousing middle section, to the more lyrical verse with mallets on suspended bells and handchimes on the melody, developing ensembles will find ample opportunities to strengthen skills, and to work for balance between melody and accompaniment while striving for clarity with a more upbeat tempo.
Bursting with dynamic vitality, this arrangement highlights each section of the bell choir, from the flowing accompaniment pattern in the treble bells, to the dramatic descending lines in the bass section. Building from beginning to end, here is a setting useful for both concert and worship.
This compelling rendition based on the Passion Chorale is brimming with text painting. To aid the performers, the biblical text is set over the music as a reference. Using techniques, such as a driving malleted bass line for the heavy walk to the cross followed by a subito piano depicting Christ's final breath, makes this a heartrending musical experience for ringers and listeners alike.
Combining a moderately difficult piano part with Level 2, 3-5 octave handbells, here is a stately presentation of this powerful hymn. Ideal for World Communion, Christ the King, and especially Easter morning, this combination is a sure winner.
This classic jazz standard soars to new heights in this dynamic fresh setting. The addition of the synth part, along with percussion, will leave the audience dancing in the aisles. Commissioned by Jennifer Cauhorn to commemorate the 60th wedding anniversary of her parents, who "through it all learned what love is like on Jupitar and Mars and everywhere in between."Instrumental Parts: Conductor's Score, Organ (or Synth) & Percussion.
This Southern Gospel classic emerged as a popular favorite when Elvis Presley recorded it in 1960. Both the soothing aspect of the original, and a rollicking backdrop that makes for a fun piece for both ringers and listeners are incorporated into this refreshing setting.
This 60-page collection includes sixteen of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 3 octave choirs. Levels range from 1+ to 2+. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers, represent a wide range of styles and, are useful throughout the church year. Single copies of these 16 titles far exceed the cost of this one book which you can then reproduce for all your ringers!
The hit song from "Fiddler on the Roof" is set here in a minor mode, at a slow lilting waltz tempo. It should be played with careful observance of the dynamics with sensitivity to the 'weeping motif' in measures 19-20 and ebb and flow in measures 39-40, careful to bring out the emotion of the piece expressing a sense of nostalgic longing and the poignant observance of the passage of time.
This 60-page collection includes seven of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 3-5 octaves, Level 3. These tried and proven winners come from a variety of composers and arrangers and represent a wide range of styles and are useful throughout the church year. Seven great pieces for the cost of 3 makes this a real budget stretcher!
This holiday classic was made famous by Burl Ives as the title track from his 1965 Christmas album. The charm and nuances that make this favorite tug at the heartstrings and call up fond memories from Christmases past are perfectly captured in this enchanting setting. The addition of handchimes, synth strings and percussion further enhances the feeling of this magical time of the year.
This creative arrangement of a traditional Irish tune starts off with a Renaissance flair featuring open harmonies and tenor drum, then gives way to a sedate middle verse introducing handchime accompaniment with the melody in the middle octaves before returning to the festive feel of the opening. You can't miss with this energetic and engaging choice for your Christmas season. Percussion Parts: Tenor Drum and Wind Chimes.
This Advent medley begins with LV and the hymn "Savior of the Nations, Come," then moves into a gently syncopated accompaniment supporting "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel." Then with subtle touch, the chant DIVINUM MYSTERIUM, sneaks into the mix via handchimes. The overlapping and interweaving of the tunes in minor mode creates an ethereal effect fitting for the season of anticipation.
This Monkees' hit from 1966 surged back into the collective pop consciousness when it was covered by Smash Mouth for the soundtrack to Shrek. The driving rhythms and that ever-popular, catchy tune will surely be uplifting for both ringers and audiences of all ages. Fun, malleted sections and chimes adding background "fill," create a trip back in time where you'll find it hard not to sing along.
This powerful setting of the beloved hymn "To God Be the Glory" opens with a fanfare featuring driving rhythms, and full, rich harmonies which lead to a triumphant finish. The optional organ part adds extra depth and breadth to this striking, creative arrangement.
Reflecting the mystery, anticipation, and excitement of the journey we will all one day take, this setting incorporates a myriad of techniques, as well as, a few tempo changes. This is a great teaching piece sure to bond your ensemble together as a group while learning and executing the techniques.
This delightful presentation of this well-loved Christmas song is a dynamic fully developed setting that is perfect for Christmas concerts in schools, communities, and churches. The optional parts for synth and percussion add nuance and festive charm...pa-rum pum pum pum!
Inspired by the text, "Prone to wander, Lord I feel it," the opening segment in this setting creates a quieter, more contemplative mood. The momentum eventually builds for the following rousing verse, followed by another more thoughtful verse on chimes. Always anchored by the well-known hymn tune and surrounded by more contemporary harmonies, the listener is filled with a sense of wandering by the end - reminding one of the daily reflection to "Bind my wandering heart to Thee."
Using mallets to create an energetic mood, this setting is designed to reflect the celebratory atmosphere of the Thanksgiving season. While mallets are the dominating technique, care should be exercised so as not to create a "heavy" feeling but rather an upbeat, cheerful character expressing joyful thanks to God.
Mykola Leontovich Arr. Expanded scoring by Michael Ryan Douglas E. Wagner
This Christmas classic begins with the effect of tower bells ringing throughout the countryside, then gracefully transitions into the familiar, quintessential tune for a handbell setting. The charm of this dynamic arrangement is matched with its carefully crafted level of difficulty making this accessible to many bell choirs.