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“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



“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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“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



“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



“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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“Fum, Fum, Fum”

for handbell quartet (4-5 octaves)

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This fast-paced holiday quartet is fun and challenging for the experienced ensemble ringer. With the exception of the last 2 measures, the bells are table-malleted throughout. Ringers change positions midway through the piece, adding to the exuberance of the performance.

Level: D
Time: ~1½ min.
Published in 2007 by From the Top Music
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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



“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 All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

for 4-octave bell tree trio or handbell sextet

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The setting of this trio creates a calm, spiritual ambiance. The melody is shared among three Bell Trees during the first verse with counter melodies woven into the harmony. The second verse begins with a rhythmic variation of the melody before returning to the traditional pattern. The piece begins in 4/4, moves to 6/4 and 6/8 before concluding in 4/4.

AGEHR Level: EM
Time: ~4 min.

Published in 2010 by From the Top Music
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“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



“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



“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 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



“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



“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



“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 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 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



“Ukrainian Bell Carol”

for 5-octave handbell quartet with percussion

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An exciting and challenging quartet arrangement of the popular Christmas carol written in 5/8, 7/8, and 6/8 time and performed with traditional ringing, table malleting, mallet rolls and percussion executed by the ringers with their choice of untuned percussion. Percussion played by the ringers — no additional percussionists required. Commissioned by the handbell ensemble Toll Free in celebration of spirited ringers everywhere.

Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2010 by From the Top Music
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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



“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