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ESSENTIAL CLASSICS FOR 3 OCTAVES, Vol. 1 (Handbell)

Arr. Arranged Various Composers

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!


SUNRISE, SUNSET (Handbell)

Jerry Bock Arr. Andrea Handley

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.


BEST OF AGAPE, THE for 3-5 Octaves, Vol. II (Handbell)

Arr. Various Composers

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!


HOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS, A (Handbell)

Johnny Marks Arr. Joel Raney

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.


WEXFORD CAROL (Handbell)

Arr. Jason Krug

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.


ADVENT TIDINGS (Handbell)

Arr. Matthew Compton

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.


I'M A BELIEVER (Handbell)

Neil Diamond Arr. Sandra Eithun

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.


GREAT THINGS HE HATH DONE (To God Be the Glory) (Handbell)

William H. Doane Arr. Sondra Tucker

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.


SILENT NIGHT (Handbell)

Franz Gruber Arr. Sandra Eithun

The perfect offering for that sensitive moment in your Christmas program or service, this refreshing take allows the listener to rediscover the beauty of this timeless carol.


BOUND FOR THE PROMISED LAND (Handbell)

Arr. Derek K. Hakes

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.


LITTLE DRUMMER BOY, THE (Handbell)

Simeone Davis, Onorati Arr. Joel Raney

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!


COME, THOU FOUNT OF EVERY BLESSING (Handbell)

NETTLETON Arr. Sandra Eithun

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."


NOW THANK WE ALL OUR GOD with Sing to the Lord of Harvest (Handbell)

Arr. Derek K. Hakes

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.


CAROL OF THE BELLS (Handbell)

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.


IN A MANGER (Handbell)

Arr. Joel Raney

Bringing together a number of familiar carols this Christmas medley combines piano with 3-5 octave handbells in a powerful back-and-forth dialogue between the two instruments. This is the second setting from Joel for piano and bells following his best-selling "Thine Is the Glory," code no. 2713.


THE BEST OF AGAPE For 3-5 Octaves, Vol. l (Handbell)

Arr. Arranged Various Composers

This 60-page collection includes ten of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, 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. 10 great pieces for the cost of 3 makes this a real budget stretcher!


EARTH AND ALL STARS (Alleluia, Jesus Is Risen!) (Handbell)

Arr. Compton Matthew

Opening with a motive based on the first three notes of the melody, this dynamic setting will be a welcome addition to any worship, concert, or festival experience. The arrangement starts swift but builds to a grand conclusion.


AGNUS DEI (Handbell)

Arr. Joel Raney

This well-known contemporary song is arranged for handbells, with optional handchimes, synth and percussion, all in a powerful inspirational reflection. It is ideal for any worship service reflecting on Jesus, the Lamb of God.


MAKE ME A CHANNEL OF YOUR PEACE (Handbell)

Arr. Jeffrey Honoré

This simple setting was designed for the beginning group to sound full and accomplished through a conscious effort to keep all the ringers busy (and happy), and peaceful. As a bonus, this can be used as an accompaniment to the singing of the hymn. An additional option is to have the ringers process to their tables during the first four measures, with a cue for when to go on to measure five.


THE GLORIOUS TREE (Handbell)

Arr. Michael J. Glasgow

Bursting with dynamic vitality, this exciting setting combines the hymn tunes CRUCIFER and ST. MICHAEL most commonly paired with the hymn texts "Lift High the Cross" and "Stand Up and Bless the Lord!" In between the powerful opening and dramatic close, a charming rhythmic figure sets off the hymns, which are played separately and in counterpoint. A terrific teaching piece for techniques, this arrangement includes most of them.


THIS IS AMAZING GRACE (Handbell)

Arr. Josh Farro & Phil Wickham Jeremy Riddle Peggy Bettcher

Filled with speedy mallet work, exciting martellatos and other handbell techniques, this dynamic arrangement of the popular worship song comes to life for ringers and listeners alike. Encourage your praise band to join in while your ringers execute fiery rhythmic patterns interspersed with driving LV sections.


THERE IS A REDEEMER (Handbell)

Arr. Sandra Eithun

The passionate lyrics of this well-known hymn provide the impetus for this 3-6 octave handbell setting. Each verse grows in intensity providing the backdrop to the final verse, "When I stand in glory, I will see His face..." Incorporating optional handchimes, flowing LV patterns and a tender ending with suspended bells, this piece is an ideal selection for use during Lent, Holy Week, communion or general times in worship when the powerful message of redemption is being highlighted.


OCEANS (Where Feet May Fail) (Handbell)

Arr. Joel Houston & Salomon Lightelm Matt Crocker Peggy Bettcher

The themes of faith, trust, and peace are captured in this meditative 3-5 octave arrangement of this popular contemporary praise song. The text is based on Matthew 14:22-33, in which Jesus walks on the water and asks Peter to come to Him. For optimal effect, ringers should perform this piece as expressively as possible.


REFLECTIONS ON HOW GREAT THOU ART (Handbell)

Words By: Stuart K. Hine / Arr. H. Dean Wagner

One of the most influential hymns of the twentieth century is given a powerful treatment in this awe-inspiring setting for 3-5 octave handbells and handchimes. Depicting the majesty and greatness of God, this hymn reflection builds from beginning to end using artful compositional technics - useful for any worship service on the theme of God and creation. 3-5 Oct. w/opt. 3 oct. Handchimes


WHEN I SURVEY THE WONDROUS CROSS (Handbell)

Arr. Lloyd Larson

This Lenten hymn reflection combines piano with 3-5 octave handbells in a powerful back-and-forth dialogue between the two instruments. This is the second setting from Lloyd for piano and bells following his best-selling "Now Thank We All Our God," code no. 2776.


HIS EYE IS ON THE SPARROW (Handbell)

Arr. Joel Raney

This nostalgic sacred song is filled with charm and the delightful sounds of the sparrow. The optional parts for handchimes, flute, synth and percussion add a great deal to the presentation. This is a delightful reminder that God takes care of even the smallest in creation: "his eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me."


ESSENTIAL CLASSICS For 2 Octaves Vol. 1 (Handbell)

Arr. Arranged Various Composers

This 60-page collection includes thirteen of our best-selling arrangements of recent years, all for 2 octave choirs. Levels range from 1+ to 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. Single copies of these 13 titles exceed the cost of this one book which you can then reproduce for all your ringers! 2 Oct. Reproducible


REPRODUCIBLE RINGS IV (Handbell)

Arr. Lloyd Larson

Arranged with the volunteer handbell ringer in mind, these nine hymn settings are quickly learned and ready to perform with limited preparation time. Engaging settings of familiar carols and 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. 2-3 Oct. Reproducible


JOSHUA FIT THE BATTLE (Handbell)

Arr. Thomas Gregory

This fun-filled setting is ideal for a smaller ensemble of six or seven ringers, staying within the 3 octave range using only 14 bells from D4 to G6. Thomas Gregory arranged this for a dynamic group of handbell musicians who annually attend the FABM conference at Green Lake, WI, and it is in the memory of Tom's love for handbells that we are pleased to offer this in the Agape/Hope catalog. 3 Oct.


ACCLAMATIONS (Handbell)

Arr. William A. Payn

This expansive original work is rich in beautiful melodies and opportunities for musical contrast. It is fun to play and very accessible for groups playing Level 3 music.


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