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Entries Tagged as 'piano'

“Be Thou Still”

for handbell duet (4-5 octaves) with piano accompaniment

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Based on the hymn tunes SLANE and FINLANDIA, this handbell duet was created for BELL a DEUX (Ron Bellamy and Bobbi Schmid). The sensitive arrangement intertwines the two melodies and includes the use of a bell tree in one section. The packet includes 2 copies of the handbell part and the piano accompaniment.

Level: MD
Time: ~4½ min.
Published in 2006 by From the Top Music
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“Bluebird’s Autumn Flight”

for bell tree solo, handbell duet or handbell trio with piano

An original bell tree solo; can also be played as normal duet or trio.

Time: ~2 min.
Published in 2009 by Flagstaff Publishing
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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



“Die vier Städte von Südliechtenstein”

for handbell soloist (4 octaves) and harp or piano in four movements

Liechtenstein is one of the smallest independent countries in the world, covering an area smaller than Staten Island and containing less than 40,000 residents. There are 11 municipalities in all of Liechtenstein, the four southernmost of which make up the four short movements of the modern handbell/harp (or piano) duet “Die vier Städte von Südliechtenstein” (“The Four Cities of Southern Liechtenstein”). The four cities and their defining characteristics have influenced the creation of each movement: Triesen, home of a historic weaving mill; Balzers, which borders the Rhine River; Triesenberg, whose residents use a dialect of German spoken nowhere else; and Vaduz, the capital and most populous municipality of Liechtenstein (with just over 5000 residents).

Premiered by Michèle Sharik and Marshall Bessières, July 6, 2008; The Walden School, Dublin, N.H.

Time: ~9 min.
composed in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for information



“Fantasie on ‘Let Us Break Bread Together’”

for handbell duet with piano accompaniment

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A hauntingly beautiful rendition of the favorite sacred tune.

Time: ~4 min.
Published in 2008 by STEP (Solo To Ensemble Project)
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“Matutinus”

for bell tree solo, handbell duet or handbell trio with piano

An original bell tree solo; can also be played as normal duet or trio.

Time: ~2 min.
Published in 2009 by Flagstaff Publishing
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“Sing out a Cry of Joy”

for TTBB choir and piano

A joyous original work for men’s choir and piano.

Time: ~3 min.

arranged in 2005; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Sleep! Holy Babe”

for SSA chorus and harp or piano

A new melody set to Edward Caswall’s 19th-century Christmas lyrics.

Time: ~2½ min.
composed in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for information



“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 Sublime Numbers”

for 5 octaves of handbells, 2 octaves of handchimes, and piano in 3 movements

honorable mention, 2006 SoundPrint Handbell Composition Contest

A musical representation of the only two numbers known as “sublime numbers,” as well as detailing the search for a third sublime number.

AGEHR Level: 6+
Time: ~10 min.
Published in 2007 by ring-Press, but currently out of print; contact Matthew Prins for more information