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Entries Tagged as 'Lent'

“Ah, Holy Jesus”

for 2-3 octaves handbells or handchimes

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A very easy arrangement of the Johann Cruger hymn with a new harmonization.

AGEHR Level: 1
Time: ~2 min.
to be published in 2011 or 2012



“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



“Fantasie on ‘There is a Balm in Gilead’”

for 4-5 octaves of handbells

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Like most fantasies, this arrangement of the spiritual “There is a Balm in Gilead” is a composition where the free flight of fancy prevails over normal conventions of form and style. Several key changes add to the challenge. Measures total 108.

AGEHR Level: 3+
Time: ~4½ min.
Published in 2005 by GIA Publications
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“Forty Days and Forty Nights”

for 3-5 octaves handbells

A Lenten arrangement of the hymn tune HEINLEIN.  Includes scripture references throughout the song.

AGEHR Level: 2+
Time: ~3½ min.
to be published in 2011 or 2012



“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



“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
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“Morning Song”

for 2-4 octaves handbells or handchimes

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A hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the hymn tune “Morning Song” that can be played in its entirety with handchimes or with mallets on suspended bells, LV throughout, producing an etherial sound. This piece is appropriate in any venue: church, community concerts or schools.

AGEHR Level: 2
Time: ~3½ min.
Published in 2006 by From the Top Music
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“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



“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



“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

for 4-5 octaves handbells (plus optional C2) and 3 octaves handchimes

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This unusual arrangement, set in the key of c minor, expresses the pain, torment and sorrow of the crucifixion. It opens with the optional use of the Singing Bell technique to accompany a plaintive statement of the melody. Measure 19 alters the mood dramatically with the introduction of a subtle, yet driving rhythm in the bass. The hymn tune is brought in and new motifs are introduced as the melody soars above the tension below. The intensity continues to grow until it all comes to an abrupt endconcluding with a thoughtful statement of the melody, rung on handchimes, accompanied by a soft random ring using only C3/4/5/6/7 and G3/6.

Premiered by the Bells of Dundee, March 16, 2008; St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, West Dundee, Ill.

AGEHR Level: 3
Time: ~3 min.
Published in 2009 by From the Top Music
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“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