This collection of top-selling settings for 2-3 octave choirs includes nine arrangements from Barbara Kinyon, Cynthia Dobrinski, Susan E. Geschke and F. Thomas Simpson. You'll find proven winners for Advent, Christmas, secular Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter and general occasions. Plus, all the music is reproducible making this a real budget stretcher for your bell program!
This adagio is the theme from the 2nd movement of Mozart's concerto for clarinet and orchestra (K622), his last instrumental work completed before his death. The music remains popular and has been used on the soundtracks of movies such as "Out of Africa" and "Green Card." Malcolm Wilson's arrangement is an easy to realize setting for 2-3 octaves of handbells or handchimes.
A jubilant anthem of praise is made even more joyful in this mostly-malleted arrangement from Linda Lamb. Straight ringing begins in the bass clef in the second verse while the treble bells continue malleting. This accessible, familiar hymn tune setting is suitable for worship, concerts, or school programs.
Cynthia Dobrinski's arrangement of the St. Theodulph tune maintains excitement and energy from beginning to end with big chords and a sprinkling of shakes, martellatos, ring touches, swings, thumb damps, martellato lifts, and an echo, as well as a malleted section. Ringers will enjoy the fact that the full range is utilized well for both 2 and 3 octave choirs and that bell changes are minimal.
From the pen of Susan Geschke comes an accessible 2-3 octave arrangement of this youthful spiritual. Following a simple, transparent opening statement of the tune, the mood becomes spirited as mallets and TD are employed to drive this setting forward with lots of energy. A flowing, worshipful verse provides contrast before returning to the bouncy rhythms for a big finish. Uplifting and fun, this charming Level 2 piece is sure to brighten any worship service or occasion.
Bursting with the joy of the season, Susan Geschke's new treatment of this Christmas favorite is immediately engaging. Exhuberant from the first note to the last, this 2-3 octave setting is suitable for both handbell and handchime choirs. The sparkling eighth note pattern is designed to ring easily, making this surprisingly accessible piece sound a lot harder than it actually is.
Sharon Elery Rogers has arranged these two gentle praise songs with her usual lush harmonies. Ms. Rogers is well-known to the handbell world and is warmly welcomed to the Agape/Hope Publishing Company catalog. Ringers will enjoy her use of mallets with suspended bells, shakes and the echo effect. This piece would also be very effective performed on handchimes with no techniques.
Arranger Kerry Boyce captures the joy of Christmas with this delightful setting for 2 octave bell choirs. The arrangement begins with a quiet opening, then picks up energy through the key change and moves into a powerful closing section, which features voices moving in opposite directions.
A versatile arrangement of an iconic holiday classic in compatible 2-3 and 3-5 octave scores, Kathleen Wissinger's setting features carefully assigned eighth-note runs, simple syncopation and at least one "accidental" bell change per ringer. Advanced groups may increase the tempo for more excitement with this ideal choice for worship, festival, school, concert and tree lighting celebrations.
Bursting with energy, this new setting from Susan Geschke leaps from the pages and is immediately engaging. Mallets, marts, mart lifts, shakes, the echo technique, and even a grace note will keep your ringers on their toes. Level 2 for 2-3 octaves, this piece is ideal for concert, worship, or festivals.
Using the Christmas carols: HARK, THE HERALD ANGELS SING, IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR, and JOY TO THE WORLD, Arnold Sherman has penned CHRISTMAS SUITE which can be performed in a variety of ways. First of all as a suite with appropriate pauses between each movement. Secondly, as a medley; and, finally, each piece can stand alone without the other two.CHRISTMAS SUITE is available in 2-3 octave and 4-5 octave.
With this new collection (volume IV), Christine Anderson adds to her series of Classic Baroque Solos. The bells settings range from level 1 to 2 and all are paired with organ accompaniments by Cathy DeRousse.
The Bohemian folk song, COME, ALL YE SHEPHERDS as set here by John Wilson for 2-3 octaves of bells, works perfectly as a call to worship or festive opener for a Christmas concert. John's arrangement provides energy and excitement in a familiar folk tune.
Filled with energy and driven by use of stopped sounds, this festive 2-3 octave handbell setting of the Spanish Hymn, "Come, Christians, Join to Sing," is sure to engage the listener. The syncopated rhythms, interspersed with the traditional presentation of this hymn tune, are a winning combination. All ages and levels of bell choirs are sure to enjoy this delightful arrangement.
This easy solo would be appropriate for a first-time bell tree ringer. The two keys of C and F Major lie easily on the bell tree setup. A contemplative middle section allows the soloist to echo the accompaniment before returning to the rollicking last verse.
Reflecting the joyful anticipation of Advent, this ever-popular carol is given a fresh and dynamic treatment that is easy to ring, and makes ringers look and sound polished. Original material, legato ringing, and a sprinkling of staccato techniques combine to make this a joyful addition to your Christmas repertoire.
This cheerful, fun arrangement opens with snatches of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite, then quickly moves to Edwin O. Excell's time-honored hymn tune. Repeated eighth notes, with ample use of thumb damps and martellatos, give the music drive and bounce. In the second verse, syncopated treble patterns above the bass melody continue the happy mood, just as looking at all God's blessings brings continual joy to our lives. Again borrowing from Tchaikovsky, the piece closes with an accelerando of flashy eighth note chords.
The unbridled joy of Easter morning is brilliantly reflected in this ingenious pairing of LASST UNS ERFREUEN ("All Creatures of Our God and King") and EASTER HYMN ("Christ the Lord Is Risen Today"). Arranger Michael Ryan has made this accessible and exciting for all 2-3 octave choirs.