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Entries Tagged as '6 octaves'

“Comrades, Haste! Faster the Steel Press!”

for 5-7 octaves handbells and 1 octave tuned percussion or Petit & Fritsen handbells, with optional marching machine, anvil, or other percussion

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2005 Bells of the Sound Composition Contest Winner

Inspired by the iron and steel factories in the Russian city of Cherepovets, “Comrades, Haste!” evokes a 1960s-era Soviet-bloc industrial sound. In creating that ambiance, “Comrades, Haste!” also includes opportunities for both tuned percussion and untuned percussion — an anvil, a marching machine, and whatever other ideas the performers have.

Premiered by the Bells of the Sound, April 23, 2005; Kirkland Performance Center, Kirkland, Wa.

AGEHR Level: 5
Time: ~4½ min.
Published in 2006 by Above the Line Publishing
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“Good Vibrations”

for 4-6 octaves handbells with optional 2 octaves handchimes

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Pull out your sunglasses and surf board! The Beach Boys have come to the handbell world! You can now “rock on” with your handbells as you ring this classic tune from the 60′s. With a title of “Good Vibrations” it had to be arranged for handbells!

AGEHR Level: 5
Time: ~3½ min.
Published in 2007 by From the Top Music
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“Maelstrom”

for 5-7 octaves handbells

Extremely exciting, extremely difficult work that evokes a coming storm.

AGEHR Level: 6
Time: ~5 min.

arranged in 2010; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“More About Jesus”

for 4-6 octaves handbells

The well-known hymn tune is couched in a new harmonic language.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.

Published in 2010 by Flagstaff Publishing
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“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



“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



“The London Underground”

for 5-7 octaves handbells and handchimes, string orchestra and piano in 12 movements

A large-scale, multi-instrument work composed about London’s subway system, with each movement developing a different Tube line. Audio recording to come.

AGEHR Level: 5
Time: ~27 min.
to be published in 2011



“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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