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Entries Tagged as 'all solo/small ensemble'

“Be Thou Still”

for handbell duet (4-5 octaves) with piano accompaniment

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Based on the hymn tunes SLANE and FINLANDIA, this handbell duet was created for BELL a DEUX (Ron Bellamy and Bobbi Schmid). The sensitive arrangement intertwines the two melodies and includes the use of a bell tree in one section. The packet includes 2 copies of the handbell part and the piano accompaniment.

Level: MD
Time: ~4½ min.
Published in 2006 by From the Top Music
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“Bethena”

for handbell quartet (4 octaves)

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Although Scott Joplin never wrote music for handbells, his compositions certainly sound like they were meant to be rung. Bethena demonstrates this perfectly. Written in 3/4 time, it presents moderate challenges for the ensemble ringers as it moves through several key changes with that signature Scott Joplin ragtime feel.

Level: MD
Time: ~4½ min.
Published in 2007 by From the Top Music
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“Bluebird’s Autumn Flight”

for bell tree solo, handbell duet or handbell trio with piano

An original bell tree solo; can also be played as normal duet or trio.

Time: ~2 min.
Published in 2009 by Flagstaff Publishing
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“Die vier Städte von Südliechtenstein”

for handbell soloist (4 octaves) and harp or piano in four movements

Liechtenstein is one of the smallest independent countries in the world, covering an area smaller than Staten Island and containing less than 40,000 residents. There are 11 municipalities in all of Liechtenstein, the four southernmost of which make up the four short movements of the modern handbell/harp (or piano) duet “Die vier Städte von Südliechtenstein” (“The Four Cities of Southern Liechtenstein”). The four cities and their defining characteristics have influenced the creation of each movement: Triesen, home of a historic weaving mill; Balzers, which borders the Rhine River; Triesenberg, whose residents use a dialect of German spoken nowhere else; and Vaduz, the capital and most populous municipality of Liechtenstein (with just over 5000 residents).

Premiered by Michèle Sharik and Marshall Bessières, July 6, 2008; The Walden School, Dublin, N.H.

Time: ~9 min.
composed in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for information



“Eighteen Bells for Christmas”

for 18 bells (G4-C6)
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This incredibly creative and versatile collection includes settings of five familiar carols. The arranger has suggested handbell assignments for 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 ringers. The songs us the same eighteen bells , G4 through C7, and are written in the keys of Bb major or G minor. The treatment for each is imaginative and creates the appropriate atmosphere for that particular carol.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~2 min. each

Published in 2011 by From the Top Music
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“Fantasie on ‘Let Us Break Bread Together’”

for handbell duet with piano accompaniment

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A hauntingly beautiful rendition of the favorite sacred tune.

Time: ~4 min.
Published in 2008 by STEP (Solo To Ensemble Project)
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“Fum, Fum, Fum”

for handbell quartet (4-5 octaves)

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This fast-paced holiday quartet is fun and challenging for the experienced ensemble ringer. With the exception of the last 2 measures, the bells are table-malleted throughout. Ringers change positions midway through the piece, adding to the exuberance of the performance.

Level: D
Time: ~1½ min.
Published in 2007 by From the Top Music
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“Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

for 4-octave bell tree trio or handbell sextet

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The setting of this trio creates a calm, spiritual ambiance. The melody is shared among three Bell Trees during the first verse with counter melodies woven into the harmony. The second verse begins with a rhythmic variation of the melody before returning to the traditional pattern. The piece begins in 4/4, moves to 6/4 and 6/8 before concluding in 4/4.

AGEHR Level: EM
Time: ~4 min.

Published in 2010 by From the Top Music
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“Let Vibrate”

for 2-4 octaves handbells or handbell trio, quartet, or quintet

A meditatative handbell piece that lets the bells ring from beginning to end — the bells don’t damp until the very last note.  Last page gives playing instructions to perform as a handbell trio, quartet, or quintet with various levels of difficulty.

Premiered by the Bells of Dundee, January 27, 2008; First Congregational Church of Dundee, West Dundee, Ill.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~2 min.
Published in 2008 by High Meadow Music Publishing
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“Matutinus”

for bell tree solo, handbell duet or handbell trio with piano

An original bell tree solo; can also be played as normal duet or trio.

Time: ~2 min.
Published in 2009 by Flagstaff Publishing
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“Meditation on Veni Emmanuel”

for 3-4 octaves handbells and  3-5 octaves handchimes

A ethereal arrangement of the Advent carol, which is LVed  throughout and makes much use of mallet-suspended handbells (including hitting them with sticks). Optional sextet assignments are also offered

AGEHR Level: 3+
Time: ~2½ min.

to be published in 2011 or 2012



“Pluto”

for handbell trio (2 octaves)

A short, fast, relatively easy handbell trio; some 3 against 2 adds interest.

Time: ~1 min.
composed in 2004; contact Matthew Prins for information



“Ukrainian Bell Carol”

for 5-octave handbell quartet with percussion

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An exciting and challenging quartet arrangement of the popular Christmas carol written in 5/8, 7/8, and 6/8 time and performed with traditional ringing, table malleting, mallet rolls and percussion executed by the ringers with their choice of untuned percussion. Percussion played by the ringers — no additional percussionists required. Commissioned by the handbell ensemble Toll Free in celebration of spirited ringers everywhere.

Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2010 by From the Top Music
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