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Entries Tagged as '2 octaves'

“Ah, Holy Jesus”

for 2-3 octaves handbells or handchimes

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A very easy arrangement of the Johann Cruger hymn with a new harmonization.

AGEHR Level: 1
Time: ~2 min.
to be published in 2011 or 2012



“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



“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



“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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“Júbilo”

for 2-3 octaves handbells

A fast, spirited original piece that uses marts, mart lifts, malletting and echoes.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~2 min.

to be published in 2011 or 2012



“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



“Meditation on Angels We Have Heard on High”

for 2-3 octaves handbells

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A gentle and imaginative setting of the familiar hymn tune, filled with mystery and distinctive harmonies. Written in 6/8 time in the keys of G minor and D minor, the music has a definite ethereal quality.

AGEHR Level: 3-
Time: ~2½ min.

Published in 2010 by From the Top Music
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“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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“Samuel Prescott’s Ride”

for 2-3 octaves or 3-5 octaves handbells (compatible scores)

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An enjoyable original piece written in honor of one of the unheralded men who rode with Paul Revere that fateful night. Compatible scores makes it a good selection for festivals.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2009 by From the Top Music
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“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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