This 60-page collection includes nine 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. Single copies of these nine titles exceed the cost of this one book which you can then reproduce for all your ringers!
This 60-page collection includes nine top-selling settings of popular contemporary hymns and songs, all for 3-5 octaves, Level 2. 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. Nine great pieces for the cost of three makes this a real budget stretcher!
Starting with a peaceful, simple motif that recurs throughout, this arrangement gives us a refreshing take on the hymn "Beautiful Savior." With unexpected harmonies and a dramatic climax, the piece is a representation of life, visiting emotions of peace, joy, anguish, and eventually back to Jesus who "shines purer than all the angels in the sky."
This reflective piece combines "Twas in the Moon of Wintertime" with "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" making it perfect for Advent or Christmas. Echo and LV make for a warm tone in the chordal and arpeggio accompaniment while the melody floats above. The ending encompasses both tunes simply conversing to a close on an open chord, emphasizing the mystery of that holy night.
Stemming from the 1944 motion picture release, Meet Me in St. Louis, this Christmas classic was first introduced by Judy Garland and has been a blockbuster ever since. Brimming with charm, this setting features a subtle bolero style rhythm for 3-6 octave handbells, along with 3-5 octave handchimes, and optional synth and percussion.
Here is an original composition written with simple rhythms and very few bell changes, allowing ringers to learn it quickly. The faster tempo, changes in dynamic levels, and frequent use of stopped sounds, provides energy and excitement. This upbeat work is appropriate for both church services and concert settings.
Thomas J. Williams Arr. Arnold Sherman Larry Shackley
Arranged in a lively Celtic style this Welsh tune is given a lovely treatment for 3-6 octaves handbells with an optional part for flute. This powerful hymn tune is useful for any worship service or concert centering on the theme of God's great love expressed through Jesus Christ.
This composition comes from the French Canadian composer Andre Gagnon known for his fusion of classic and contemporary styles, and is set here by Manami Takada, our newest arranger from Kanagawaken, Japan. The setting is for 4-5 octave handbells with an option to add a separate 4-5 octave handchime choir or synthesizer. The gentle melody creates an emotionally appealing musical offering and this expressive, straightforward setting is sure to find its way into many worship and concert programs.
Ideal for any festive concert or worship, this cheerful original composition is a real crowd pleaser with its lightly syncopated rhythms in a Spanish flavor, for 3-5 octave handbells. A splash of handbell techniques throughout gives it just the right amount of color and spice to create a true celebration! Easily learned, this is a delightful offering for bell choirs.
The tune ANTIOCH comes to life in this spirited rendition of "Joy to the World!" for piano and 3-5 octave handbells with optional 3-5 octave handchimes, Level 2. Cascading octaves, handbell techniques, and a supporting piano part creates an accessible and exciting setting for the holiday season.
This Advent setting is intended to reflect the wonder and mystery of the birth of Jesus. Conflict surrounded him from the moment of his birth, and this arrangement attempts to convey that turmoil through the use of dissonance. Care should be taken that the melody is heard above all other notes. A smooth, legato line should be used for the entire piece.
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.
This delightful rendition of the traditional English carol is for 3-5 octave handbells and is filled with just the right amount of handbell techniques to achieve a fun-filled character. It sparkles with interest and is sure to be a real crowd pleaser for your Christmas worship and concerts.
Here is a buoyant setting of the traditional Thanksgiving hymn which incorporates the Welsh melody associated with the Fred Pratt Green text, "For the Fruit of All Creation." The syncopated melody, colorful accompaniment and optional Latin percussion all combine to depict joyful gratitude to God for all his blessings.
The charm and grace of David Meece's contemporary Christmas classic shines through in this sensitive choral setting from Lloyd Larson. The poetic images and haunting melody are beautifully woven into a gently flowing, richly satisfying, artistic musical fabric. Accompaniment can be piano, handbells, or full orchestra. This top-seller is included in Lloyd's Christmas musical, Emmanuel--God with Us! (8250) and the SSA setting is in Lloyd's collection, Women in Song IV (8581). The Orchestration by Mark Kellner includes a Conductor's Score and parts for: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in B-flat, Horn in F, 2 Trumpets in B-flat, 2 Trombones, Percussion, Timpani, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello and Bass.
The master melody writer, Natalie Sleeth, originally composed this captivating Christmas selection in a unison/two-part setting. That anthem has gone on to be one of the all-time best-selling pieces in the Hope choral catalog. It is now available in an SAB version with piano or 3-5 octave handbell accompaniment.
3-5 oct. w/opt. 2 oct. Handchimes