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“Born is the King of Israel”

for 3-5 octaves of handbells with optional 2 octaves handchimes

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Review from Overtones, July/August 2007: “…a richly harmonized medley of ”Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,’ ‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen,’ ‘The Coventry Carol,’ and ‘The First Noel’….a striking arrangement, juxtaposing tunes and using techniques as an integral part of the orchestration of the piece.”

AGEHR Level: 4+
Time: ~5 min.
Published in 2007 by GIA Publications
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“Carol of the Bells”

for 5-octave handbell choir, harp, and piano

Fantasy arrangement of “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” combining elements from the piece in unusual ways. Track 7 of Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee‘s CD Noël.

AGEHR Level: 4
Time: ~3 min.

arranged in 2009; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Cumulonimbus”

for 4-5 octaves of handbells

“Cumulonimbus: A vertically developed cumulus cloud, often capped by an anvil shaped cloud. Also called a thunderstorm cloud, it is frequently accompanied by heavy showers, lightning, thunder, and sometimes hail or gusty winds.” If this definition doesn’t give you an idea of what this original composition holds, then visit Iowa in tornado season! 104 measures are filled with techniques, meter changes, and dynamic shifts.

AGEHR Level: 4+
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2005 by GIA Publications
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“Fantasy on Restoration”

for 2-3 octaves handbells with optional woodblock

A lively arrangement of the Sacred Harp hymn that alternates between 4/4 and 3/4 time. Dedicated to the handbell choir at First Congregational Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill.

AGEHR Level: 4
Time: ~2 min.
to be published in 2011 or 2012



“The World in Solemn Stillness Lay”

for 5-7 octaves handbells and solo vocalist

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A fantasy arrangement of the Christmas standard “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear,” “The World in Solemn Stillness Lay” sets and maintains a mood with the use of random ringing, singing bells and a haunting vocal line. The arrangement makes use of multiple meter throughout with major sections in 5/4, 4/4 and 3/4. At times, the piece is very transparent and at others very complex with as many as four simultaneous lines.

Premiered by the Austin Handbell Ensemble, December 15, 2006; Austin, Tx.

AGEHR Level: 4-
Time: ~9 min.
Published in 2008 by Peal Publishing
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“We Three Jazzy Kings”

for 4-6 octaves handbells

A jazzy rendition of the Epiphany favorite, “We Three Jazzy Kings” uses syncopation and mixed meter to make the long journey to Bethlehem fun for all. Arranged in e minor, measures total 81 with repeats.

Premiered by the James River Ringers, December 10, 2006; Epiphany Lutheran Church, Richmond, Va.

AGEHR Level: 4
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2007 by Flagstaff Publishing
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