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“A Singular Journey”

for 4 octaves handbells and solo trombone (or euphonium)

A Taizé-style original piece.  Trombone part more difficult than the handbell part.   Dedicated to Janet Lott.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.

composed in 2008; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“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



“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



“Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella”

for 4-octave handbell choir

Simple, short arrangement of the well-known Christmas tune. Track 14 of Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee‘s CD Noël.

AGEHR Level: 1+
Time: <1 min.

arranged in 2009; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“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



“Enlighten Our Hearts’ Eyes, Lord”

for SATB choir or congregation

A hymn for congregational singing.

Time: ~2 min.

arranged in 2005; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“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



“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



“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



“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



“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



“Petite Somme”

for flute and vibraphone

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A pretty, original piece for flute/vibraphone duet.

Time: ~2 min.

composed in 2011; contact Matthew Prins for information



“Pluto”

for handbell trio (2 octaves)

A short, fast, relatively easy handbell trio; some 3 against 2 adds interest.

Time: ~1 min.
composed in 2004; contact Matthew Prins for information



“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



“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



“Take Me Out to the Ball Game”

for 5 octaves handbells

A very short and straightforward arrangement of the classic baseball tune.

Premiered by the James River Ringers, May 20, 2007; Church of the Epiphany, Richmond, Va.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~1 min.

arranged in 2007; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Thaxted”

for woodwind quintet

An woodwind arrangement of Gustov Holst’s lovely hymn tune.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~2½ min.

arranged in 2011; contact Matthew Prins for information



“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



“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



“Verbum Supernum, Prodiens”

for solo carillon

Very straightforward arrangement of “Verbum Supernum, Prodiens.” Track 1 of Emmanuel Shall Come to Thee‘s CD Noël.

Time: <1 min.

composed in 2009; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“Where Peace Prevails”

for SATB choir or congregation

A hymn for congregational singing.

Time: ~2 min.

arranged in 2005; contact Matthew Prins for more information



“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



“Þá grét Jesús. (Jóhannesarguðspjall 11:35)”

for handbells C3 to C5 (eight players)

An atmospheric, amelodic work that is built entirely on long notes played using the singing bell technique and mallet-rolling suspended bells.  Follows the guidelines of the burgeoning miniaturist genre: no more than 100 notes are played during the entire piece.

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



“Psalm 88”

for a capella SATB choir

An original choral lament based on Psalm 88 (KJV).

Time: ~4 min.
composed in 2006; contact Matthew Prins for information