Matthew Prins, composer | list of works

Matthew Prins, composer | list of works header image 4

Entries Tagged as 'bells with optional chimes'

“Alleluia Sotto Voce”

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

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

[preview score]

“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
[buy from From the Top Music] [buy from Handbell World]



“Ave Maria (Two Settings)”

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

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

[preview score]

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
[buy from GIA Publications] [buy from Handbell World]



“Born is the King of Israel”

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

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

[preview score]

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
[buy from GIA Publications] [buy from Handbell World]



“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



“Count Your Blessings”

for 5 octaves handbells and optional 4 octaves handchimes

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

A familiar hymn receives a unique harmonic treatment (including a minor sound) in this tender, graceful arrangement. It begins and ends with slow, vibrato chords. The tune is carried in the soprano bells, with alto harmony added later. Chords in the tenor range add interest. The rhythms are uncomplicated but there is some easy syncopation throughout. Handchimes are optional but would enhance the effectiveness of this arrangement. 62 measures in total, this piece is scored in Eb Major.

AGEHR Level: 3+
Time: ~4 min.

Published in 2010 by Flagstaff Publishing
[buy from Handbell World]



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

for 3-5 octaves handbells with optional 3 octaves handchimes

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

[preview score]

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
[buy from From the Top Music] [buy from Handbell World]



“Good Vibrations”

for 4-6 octaves handbells with optional 2 octaves handchimes

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

[preview score]

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
[buy from From the Top Music] [buy from Handbell World]



“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
[buy from Handbell World]



“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



“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



“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



“Via Dolorosa”

for 5 octaves handbells and optional handchimes

An arrangement of the Holy Week Sandi Patty song. Under copyright; not available for performance without original publisher’s written permission. “Dedicated to the St. Mark’s Ringers and our beloved ringer, Mary Swann, who always reminded us of the changes in the time signature.”

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~4 min.

to be published in 2012/2013