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“Adoration of the Wise Men”

for 3-5 octaves handbells or handchimes

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Mysterious and stirring, this arrangement weaves this 15th century French carol into a beautiful blanket of soothing music. This quiet, solemn piece is an excellent opportunity to use chimes. Set in f minor, it is 59 measures.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~2½ min.
Published in 2010 by GIA Publications
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“Alleluia Sotto Voce”

for 5 octaves handbells with optional flute and optional organ or C3-E3 handchimes

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“Alleluia Sotto Voce” is written in the Taizé style: a simple melody that repeats many times with slight variations in accompaniment, creating an ethereal, meditative feeling. “Alleluia Sotto Voce” uses those musical ideas of Taizé, taking a simple 3-measure phrase and building different accompaniments and countermelodies on top of it before deconstructing it and returning to the simple, 3-measure phrase.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~4 min.
Published in 2008 by From the Top Music
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“Angels Sang at Bethlehem”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

A medley combining three classic Christmas hymns: “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing,” “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High.”

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~3 min.

to be published in 2012



“Ave Maria (Two Settings)”

for 3-5 octaves of handbells or handchimes, or with optional 3-5 octaves handchimes

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The most well-known settings of “Ave Maria,” Bach/Gounod and Schubert, are included in one edition as two separate works. The Bach/Gounod version is for 3-5 octaves of handbells or chimes. The Schubert setting can be performed on 3-5 octaves of handbells with an optional 3-5 octaves of chimes. Both are brilliant choices for worship, weddings, concerts, and festivals.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3 min. each
Published in 2007 by GIA Publications
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“Break Thou the Bread of Life”

for 2-3 octaves handbells with optional 2 octaves handchimes

A relatively straightforward arrangement of the 1877 William Sherwin tune.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~2½ min.
to be published in 2011 or 2012



“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come”

for 2-5 octaves handbells and flute

An arrangement written for the 2008 Park Ridge Community Thanksgiving Service.  Flute is not optional.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3 min.

to be published in 2011 or 2012



“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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“Festiva Techniqua!”

for 2-3 octaves handbells

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This original piece uses just about every technique known to the handbell world… and is still musical enough to ring in concert or church!

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~2½ min.

Published in 2010 by Composers Music
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“Forty Days and Forty Nights”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

A Lenten arrangement of the hymn tune HEINLEIN.  Includes scripture references throughout the song.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3½ min.
to be published in 2011 or 2012



“I Need Thee Every Hour”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

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Poignant and reflective, this setting of the late 19th-century hymn tune calls for a high level of feeling and musicality to properly communicate its light and fragile texture. An excellent choice for a thoughtful worship setting.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2007 by Alfred Publishing
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“In Quiet Joy”

for 3 octaves handbells or handchimes

A simple minor-key arrangement of “Joy to the World” that hints at events to come in Jesus’ life. Appropriate for a Christmas meditation or for Holy Week.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~2½ min.

to be published in 2011



“Interlude on ‘What Child Is This?’”

for 3-5 octaves handbells and optional alto soloist

An interlude based on the English tune “Greensleeves.”  Very open arrangement.  Optional soloist sings the second verse and refrain and the third refrain.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~2 min.

composed in 2008; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Let All Mortal Flesh Be Silence”

for 3-octave handbell choir, orchestral chimes or carillon, bass drum, oboe, flute, and french horn with optional 2nd french horn

Arrangement combining the two Christmas tunes “Let All Mortal Flesh Be Silence” and “The First Noel.” Track 10 of Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee‘s CD Noël.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~3 min.

arranged in 2009; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Let It Snow”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

An arrangement of the classic Christmas song; lots of use of techniques. Under copyright; not available for performance without original publisher’s written permission.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~2½ min.
arranged in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for information



“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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“Mansions of the Lord”

for 2 or 3 octaves handbells

An arrangement of the modern military hymn, combined with service songs from each of the armed forces. Under copyright; not available for performance without original publisher’s written permission. “To Our Soldiers, Then and Now: With Honor and Thanks. Spirit Bells, McGregor, TX; Barbara Lewandowski, Director.”

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3 min.

to be published in 2012/2013



“Morning Song”

for 2-4 octaves handbells or handchimes

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A hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the hymn tune “Morning Song” that can be played in its entirety with handchimes or with mallets on suspended bells, LV throughout, producing an etherial sound. This piece is appropriate in any venue: church, community concerts or schools.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~3½ min.
Published in 2006 by From the Top Music
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“My Faith Looks Up to Thee”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

A somewhat fantasy-esque arrangement of the classic hymn tune.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3 min.

arranged in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Rock of Ages”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

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The old gospel hymn tune TOPLADY is set in ethereal, flowing mood, making extensive use of the LV technique.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2009 by Concordia Publishing House
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“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

for 5 octaves handbells

A very short and straightforward arrangement of the classic baseball tune.

Premiered by the James River Ringers, May 20, 2007; Church of the Epiphany, Richmond, Va.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~1 min.

arranged in 2007; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Ten Christmas Hymn Introductions”

for 3-5 octaves of handbells

This collection of ten Christmas hymn introductions provides an opportunity to incorporate handbell into congregational hymn singing during the Christmas season. The collection includes 3-5 octave handbell introductions plus harmonizations for one verse of ten popular Christmas carols. The introductions are for bell choir only and the harmonizations can stand alone or augment the standard keyboard accompaniment.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: less than 1 min. each
Published in 2008 by Hope Publishing
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“The Holly and the Ivy”

for 4-6 octaves handbells,  flute, violin, and piano (one or two players)

Taizé-style arrangement of the classic Christmas tune. Based on track 3 of Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee‘s CD Noël.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~3 min.

to be published in 2011



“Three 2-Octave Acclamations”

for 2 octaves handbells

Wonderfully refreshing, this original work is in three movements: “Let Peace Reign,” “Reflection and Meditation,” and “Postlude for Ordinary Time.” The movements can be presented as a suite or rung individually. Each piece has an optional repeat which extends the time of these joyous works.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~2 min. each
Published in 2009 by GIA Publications
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“Variations on ‘Leoni’”

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

Five variations on the tune to “Our God of Abraham Praise.”

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3 min.

to be published in 2012



“Wonderful Words of Life”

for 3 or 5 octaves handbells or handchimes

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Lush, sustained ostinatos render a gentle, peaceful atmosphere and contribute to the timelessness of this classic gospel hymn.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~5 min.
Published in 2010 by GIA Publications
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“You Are Mine”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

An arrangement of the well-known modern hymn written by David Hass. Under copyright; not available for performance without original publisher’s written permission.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3 min.
arranged in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for more information