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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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“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



“All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth”

3-5 octaves handbells

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This one is strictly for fun; a delightful arrangement of the charming song about a child’s Christmas wish, it provides a great opportunity for a lighthearted moment in your holiday concert.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~2 min.
Published in 2010 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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“Be Joyful, Mary”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

A short, easy arrangement of the hymn tune REGINA CAELI.

AGEHR Level: 1
Time: ~2 min.
composed in 2005; contact Matthew Prins for information



“Be Still, My Soul”

for 3-5 octaves handbells and viola

An arrangement of the famous Sibelius work FINLANDIA for handbells and viola.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.

arranged in 2011; contact Matthew Prins for information



“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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“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



“Breathe on Me, Breath of God”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

A beginning choir’s arrangement of the classic hymn.

AGEHR Level: 1
Time: ~2 min.

arranged in 2004; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Come, Emmanuel”

for 3 or 5 octaves handbells

Setting of “Verbum Supernum Prodiens,” ”Veni Emmanuel,” and “God Bless Ye Merry, Gentlemen.” Much use of mallet suspended; some use of singing bell.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3½ min.

to be published in 2011



“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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“Fantasie on ‘Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart’”

for 3-5 octaves handbells with optional 3 octaves handchimes

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Mystical and ethereal are adjectives that could be used to describe this setting of the hymn “Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart.” Writing in 6/8 time with a running eighth note pattern in the bass, unexpected harmonies in the treble and liberal use of LV, this is a lovely and unusual arrangement of this hymn of meditation.

AGEHR Level: 3+
Time: ~2½ min.
Published in 2007 by From the Top Music
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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



“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 Love Thy Kingdom, Lord”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

Mallets on suspended bells in both bass and treble clef are scored in the dreamy introduction to the standard hymn tune. The melody is then supported by toll swings in the bass and running, “peal”-like mid-clef patterns. In following sections, alternate harmonies add interest and challenge. The ending shifts into 5/4 with fortissimo shakes on tall chords.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~2½ min.
Published in 2007 by Flagstaff Publishing
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“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



“In the Bleak Midwinter”

for 3 octaves handbells and cello

An arrangement of the classic Christmas tune.  Cello is not optional, although part could be played by french horn or (with slight rearranging) most any string or wind instrument.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~2½ min.

composed in 2008; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“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



“Jesus Calls Us O’er the Tumult”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

An arrangement of the two tunes associated with with this hymn text: GALILEE by William H. Jude and STUTTGART by Christian F. Witt.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.
to be published in 2011 or 2012



“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



“Korobeiniki”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

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The tune will be familiar to some as it was background music for a popular video game a few years ago. Beginning with a brisk tempo, it gradually accelerates to the exciting ending.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~2 min.
Published in 2007 by From the Top Music
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“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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“Lord, to Thee I Make Confession”

for 3-5 octaves handbells and optional 2 octaves handchimes

A dark arrangement of the dark Johann Cruger hymn.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.

Published in 2009 by Flagstaff Publishing
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“Los Peces en el Río”

for 3-5 octaves handbells with optional 3 octaves handchimes

An arrangement of this well-known Spanish-language Christmas carol, which contrasts the daily chores of the Virgin Mary with a chorus of how even all los peces en el río, the fish of the river, are delighted to see the birth of Christ.

AGEHR Level: 3-
Time: ~2 min.

to be published in 2011



“Luck o’ the Irish”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

An arrangement of three traditional Irish tunes: the meditative “Mist on the Mountain,” the melodic “Monahan’s Jig,” and the very quick “Morrison’s Jig.”

AGEHR Level: 3+
Time: ~4 min.
arranged in 2008; contact Matthew Prins for information



“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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“Meditation on Ave Maria”

for 3-5 octaves handbells or handchimes

This slow and legato arrangement is based on traditional chant and equally playable on handbells or handchimes or a mixture of both. A careful musical interpretation of varying dynamics and tempo fluctuations will add greatly to the performance of this work’s light and fragile passages.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~2½ min.
Published in 2007 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



“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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“Music to Do Taxes By”

for 3 or 5 octaves handbells and much, much unpitched percussion

A jazzy piece about, yes, taxes that uses four percussions who take turns as a finger snapper, paper ripper, paper crumbler, typist, scribbler, paper-shredding-machine operator, stack-of-paper-against-head hitter, crumbled-paper thrower, clappers, stompers, and number stater.

 

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.

to be published in 2012



“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



“My Redeemer Lives”

for 3 octaves handbells

A short, musically very easy arrangement of the DUKE STREET hymn tune. A great way to practice various techniques, including mart, mart lift, echo, shake, thumb damp, and more. Arranged for the 2006 James River Ringers Annual Ringers’ Workshop.

AGEHR Level: 1+
Time: ~1½ min.

arranged in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”

for 3-5 octaves handbells (with optional 2 octaves handchimes) and string quartet

A meditative arrangement of the Lenten hymn for handbells and strings. Some optional use of the singing bell technique.

AGEHR Level: 3+
Time: ~4 min.
arranged in 2008; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Pax”

for 3-6 octaves handbells and optional 3 or 5 octaves handchimes

An original piece that was named the winner of the Feb Fest 2011 Composition Contest, sponsored by the Greater Houston Handbell Association. Piece was premiered at Feb Fest 2011 on Feburary 25, 2011, with Lloyd Larson conducting.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~4 min.

to be published in 2011



“Quem Vidistis Pastores”

for SATB chorus and 3-5 octaves handbells

A new, somber setting of the classic Latin Christmas text.  Lots of mixed meter, but at a very slow tempo.  Handbells are played entirely mallet-suspended.

Premiered by the Memorial Choir and Memorial Bells, December 12, 2006; Memorial Lutheran Church, Ames, Ia.

Time: ~3 min.
composed in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for 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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“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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“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 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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“This Advent Moon Shines Cold and Clear”

for SA choir and 3-5 octaves handbells with optional 3-4 octaves handchimes

Setting of Christina Rossetti’s advent poem of the same name. Some meter changes, particularly in the handbell part, but relatively easy otherwise.

Time: ~3½ min.

arranged in 2009; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Three O’Clock Fantasie”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

Dreams can often incorporate the ambient sounds of the world around the dreamer. “Three O’clock Fantasie” takes the music of a clock striking three o’clock and re-imagines it through a dreamlike state.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2006 by Above the Line Publishing
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“Until the Son of God Appears”

for solo carillon and 3-4 octave handbell choir

Simple, short arrangement combining “Verbum Supernum, Prodiens” and “Veni Emmanuel.” Track 16 of Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee‘s CD Noël.

AGEHR Level: 1
Time: ~1 min.

arranged in 2009; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“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