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Entries Tagged as 'handbell quartet'

“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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“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 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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“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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