Wayne Kirkpatrick Michael W. Smith Arr. Joel Raney
Joel Raney's setting of Michael W. Smith's mega-hit Christmas song was commissioned by The Agape Ringers in loving memory of Debbie Perisho, who was with the ensemble for 13 years before losing her battle to cancer. This powerful setting beautifully expresses the message that in both life and death, all is well.
Arnold Sherman's rhythmic setting of this eminent hymn is derived from a Joel Raney setting in his piano collection, Gospel Greats. The dynamic opening is followed by a gentle, reflective verse before returning to a grand modulation and powerful ending. The variety of techniques generate a multitude of colors and sounds that join together in praise to the Lord God Almighty
For 3-5 octave handbells, this Arnold Sherman setting is based on an original composition from Douglas Wagner's organ collection Psalm Impressions. With its majestic, joyous character this is sure to find use as a worship prelude, concert piece, or wedding processional.
This reflection on the hymn tune ST. COLUMBA and the historic text based on the 23rd Psalm features climbing bass notes with flowing LV arpeggios. As we envision the verse "in death's dark vale, I fear no ill," the key changes to minor, emphasized by optional handchimes. An echo effect is introduced and provides an engaging serene assurance throughout. As the piece concludes we rejoice in the Good Shepherd who tenderly cares for his flock, calming our fears and saving us by grace.
3-5 oct. w/opt. 3-4 oct. Handchimes
With constant flowing sixteenth notes, arranger Matthew Compton gives the tune BEACH SPRING a refreshing and meditative setting. Well worth the challenge, this arrangement will make a fine addition to any worship service or concert.
3-6 oct. w/opt. 3-5 oct. Handchimes
A contemplation on the Crucifixion, Timothy Dudley-Smith's hymn text, "A Purple Robe," has found its way into many of today's hymnals. With phrases like: "I see my Savior stand...I see my Savior go...I see my Savior die....I sing my Savior's name," this is a moving reflection on Christ's journey to the cross. David Wilson's lovely hymn tune has a folk-like quality and is set for handbells in a thoughtful manner by arranger Kevin Ko.
3 or 5 oct.
Arranger Cathy Moklebust has relied heavily on John Ylvisaker's text, using various styles and techniques to illustrate each segment, the passage of time, and God's presence in every stage of life, from birth to death. Randomly malleted bells and a free tempo communicate the beginning and ending of life, while various staccato techniques and faster tempi are used to illustrate childhood and young adulthood.
3-5 oct. w/opt. 3-4 oct. Handchimes
For Palm Sunday, here is Joel Raney's powerful setting based on the hymn tune TRURO. The malleted triplet accompaniment provides just the right amount of majesty fit for the King of Kings' entrance into Jerusalem.
3-5 oct. w/opt. 3-5 oct. Handchimes
HYMN TO JOY Ludwig van Beethoven Arr. Cynthia Dobrinski
In this jubilant setting of HYMN TO JOY, Cynthia Dobrinski incorporates a nice variety of handbell techniques to make the tune come to life. With straight ringing along with mallets, martellato, and effective shakes, the ringers and listeners alike are given a satisfying musical experience. The words from Psalm 100 serve as the inspiration: "Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs." At the 3- level, this is a setting that many church choirs can successfully accomplish.
Built on the popular Natalie Sleeth title, and incorporating the tunes, EASTER HYMN, PASSION CHORALE and DIADEMATA, this festive Easter prelude is the latest addition to Joel Raney's exciting series of piano/organ worship openers with SATB choir entering at the conclusion for an optional choral introit. The optional part 3-5 octave handbells with optional 3-5 octave handchimes is a fully developed Level 2 setting that greatly enhances the overall presentation.
Both Keyboard Parts (Reproducible SATB Choral Introit Included)
In this contemporary bell setting Raney has captured the flowing, graceful style of Chris Rice's praise ballad for 3-5 octaves, with an optional Synth part. The theme of Jesus being ever present and offering comfort and hope in every circumstance is the inspirational message behind the song, making this useful in any worship setting.
Thomas Williams Ludwig van Beethoven Arr. Linda R. Lamb
Linda Lamb has combined portions of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" with the hymn tune EBENEZER to create this charming Level 1+ piece. The tune EBENEZER is associated with a variety of other hymn texts including "Once to Every Man and Nation."
Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these eight hymn settings by Lloyd Larson are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar hymn tunes guarantee broad appeal to both ringers and listeners. Another cost saving "reproducible" collection from Agape - Buy one book and copy all the music for use by your choir.
This brilliant Easter hymn by George Frideric Handel is set by Joel Raney for 3-5 octave handbells and piano in a delightful "classical" style. Clean, crisp lines alternate between the handbells and the keyboard creating a glorious presentation with very few bell changes and plenty of dynamic techniques, ideal for Easter morning!
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.
"Calypso on 'He Leadeth Me'" is a happy and care-free rendition of the William Bradbury hymn tune. The syncopated melody, colorful accompaniment and optional Latin percussion all combines to give the impression of a Caribbean beachside service. The Percussion packet includes a Conductor's Score and parts for Claves, Maracas/Shaker, Guiro, & Bongos/Conga.
The sparkling rhythms and memorable melody of this easy-to-learn original composition by Cynthia Dobrinski creates an exuberant, celebratory mood. Bell changes are minimal, and the optional flute and strategically placed handbell techniques add pizzazz. This piece is not only fun to play, but is sure to elevate the spirits of ringers and audiences alike.
Douglas Wagner's ring and sing setting of Martin Nystrom's contemporary classic based on Psalm 42 is a top-seller in our catalog. This beautiful ballad is now available in both SAB and SATB voicings. The optional 3-5 octave handbell accompaniment is available separately. This is an alternative accompaniment and not to be used with the keyboard.
Two-Part or SAB choral anthem. Also available is a 3-5 octave handbell arrangement w/opt. 2-4 octave handchimes by Martha Lynn Thompson that can be used to accompany the choral settings or stand on its own.