Fully scored to keep all ringers involved, this medley of “How Great Our Joy,” “Unto Us A Boy is Born,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” fits equally well in worship or concert settings.
"Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella" and "Good King Wenceslas" are separately arranged in volume three of the "Alpha" series. This collection/suite is ideal for the beginning group.
Eight traditional carols that everyone loves to hear at Christmastime are included in this collection of easy arrangements written by some of the best-known and trusted writers in the handbell music world. Titles include, "O Come All Ye Faithful, It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, Ding Dong Merrily on High, O Little Town of Bethlehem, The First Nowell, Away in a Manger, God Rest You Merry Gentlemen, and Joy to the World."
"Angels and Shepherds" is a delightful Christmas arrangement for beginning ringers which incorporates "While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" for 2-3 octave handbell or handchime choir and optional narrator.
Although the title is "Angels from the Realms of Glory", the tune is actually "Angels We Have Heard on High". This instrumentally versatile arrangement is based on the traditional French tune.
Here is a golden opportunity to use 2 choirs, a 2 octave group and a 3-4 octave group. Use chimes and bells or 2 bell choirs.
Arranged by Jacques Kearns, here is a great arrangement for your level one-plus choir. The only bell changes occur in the F5-G5 position.
The "Accessibell Series" consists of Level 1 & 2 music for 2 to 5 octave choirs. The primary focus is on easy, but interesting, well-crafted music for larger choirs.
Bursting with the joy of the season, Susan Geschke’s new treatment of this Christmas favorite is immediately engaging.
A bell peal runs through this festive setting of the beloved carol.
Linda Lamb takes us to the manger in Bethlehem as she gives us an arrangement consisting of "The Friendly Beasts" and "Away In a Manger."
This title is written in the style which makes Mrs. Kinyon so popular--chordal, creative, and rhythmically easy.
Based on the hymn tunes DIX (As With Gladness, Men of Old) and WIR HATTEN GEBAUET (When Christmas Morn Is Dawning) is 64 measures in length and incorporates several special techniques along the way.
"At Christmas Time", a Level 2 medley of carols, is scored for 5, 6, 7, or 8 ringers. Carols include, "Angels From the Realms of Glory, Away in a Manger, and Good Christian Men Rejoice."
Ideal for the beginning or less experienced handbell choir, this is a very easy, quiet arrangement of the familiar favorite Christmas tune.
Based on the "Cradle Song" , this arrangement is ideal for a Christmas service requiring a quiet, sensitive bell selection.
This folio includes a master score with both handbells and guitar and a separate part for each instrument. It combines three hymn tunes associated with this carol text: Cradle Song, Mueller, and Afton. This sweet addition to the Christmas season in G Major is 71 measures.
This setting of "Away in a Manger" combines two of the best-known carol melodies (Mueller and Cradle Song) associated with its title. It is delightfully simple enough for beginning choirs and also perfect for more advanced choirs to prepare at a moment's notice for Christmas services.
This third installment in Linda Lamb’s “Bell Peal” series weaves bell tower motifs into the melody of this favorite Christmas carol.
Combine shepherds on a hillside with an English bell tower and you'll have a good idea of this carol setting!
Clever pairing of two beloved bell carols (Kling Glockchen and Shchedryk) are at the heart of this fresh and unique offering.
Block chords and easy rhythms make this suite/collection ideal for the beginning choir. Titles listed include "Rejoice, Rejoice!, Gentle Mary Laid Her Child, Away in a Manger" and "The Bells of Christmas." ("Rejoice, Rejoice!" is based on "Rejoice, Rejoice, Believers" and "Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel".)
This medley of sacred Christmas favorites--O Come All Ye Faithful, Away in a Manger, The Friendly Beasts, and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear--is extremely flexible.
A warm, glowing musical picture is painted through colorful impressionistic harmonies in this arrangement of "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
"Nutcracker" is the sixth collection in a series of abbreviated pieces by classic composers for handbells or handchimes.
Part of the "Ardis Freeman Handbell Library," this simple, 2-page setting of the French Carol focuses on ringing full chords softly. The back page contains the bells used chart with 3 suggested bell assignments, a warm-up exercise applicable to the piece, and helpful performance notes.
Meter change (6/8 to 9/8) and fresh harmonies create interest and add life to this traditional French tune.
Bells and/or chimes blend together in this upbeat festival of Christmas songs.
Bells or chimes will find this medley of "Unto Us Is Born A Son," "Christians, Carol Sweetly" and "Adeste Fideles" accessible. The special techniques shake and mart lift are written in; however, they are optional.
This straight-forward arrangement of the popular Christmas carol is full of dynamic contrast from the delicate opening and closing phrases to joyous and full chordal passages.
Arranger Kerry Boyce captures the joy of Christmas with this delightful setting for 2 octave bell choirs. This title is based on the Ukrainian bell carol.
A versatile arrangement of an iconic holiday classic in compatible 2-3 and 3-5 octave scores, Kathleen Wissinger’s setting features carefully assigned eighth-note runs, simple syncopation and at least one “accidental” bell change per ringer.
Arranged by Carl Wiltse, this French carol, harmonized with numerous open chords, moves simply and quietly from start to finish.
Celebrate the Christmas season with this lesser known but beautiful carol. The modality and use of ringing techniques makes for a memorable performance.
Arranger Bill D. Duggar uses aspects of music not traditionally included in handbell music. This original composition with a Christmas title is written in 6/8 time and uses 16th note rhythms, an andante tempo, and marcato markings.
This breathtaking best seller is now available in a compatible two- or three-octave edition, making it an ideal choice for massed-ringing programs.
Mendelssohn's "Gloria and Regent Square" are combined in this medley.
An original, brief composition (40 measures) for 2 octaves. Good bell use. Ideal for a short fanfare or interlude.
This clever pairing of two instantly recognizable carols rings steadily from beginning to end, with the melodies occurring both independently and in inspired combinations.
"Cold December Flies Away" - spirited with lots of staccato technique; "Good King Wenceslas" - joyous, in 3/4, with shakes and martellatos; and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" - serene and stately with mallets on suspended bells and echo technique make up the three Christmas carols together under one cover.
"Deck the Halls" and "Jingle Bells" are the two separate holiday tunes that make up this mini-collection. Written for chimes, but accessible for bells as well.
The clock ticks down the time until Christmas in this delightful and melodious piece for 2-octave handbell choir.
Settings of 12 familiar carols using C5 to G6 range; tunes include; "Ding Dong Merrily on High; The First Noel; Good King Wenceslas; Amid the Winter's Snow", etc.
A collection for twelve bells or chimes using C5 through G6. Arrangements on the treble clef only.
Virtually all carols possible for twelve handbells have already been published, so this third Christmas Collection is arranged for two chromatic octaves of twenty-five handbells.
This collection for Advent and Christmas contains eight sparkling arrangements from the talented pens of Linda Lamb and Bill Ingram, making it a “go to” resource year after year.
A medley of "We Would See Jesus" and "In the Lovely Midnight".
"Christmas Fantasy" is so titled to reflect the "fantasia" musical form described as "Music with an improvisatory feel" or "a piece in free form."
Joy to the World; Angels from the Realms of Glory; Angels We Have Heard on High; & Silent Night are included in this medley. Perform with a 2 octave choir, as a solo, or as a duet.
This arrangement of "While by My Sheep" is ideal for the beginning group because it is written in whole, half and quarter notes.
A medley of the Christmas Carols "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; What Child is This? & Joy to the World".
Michael Helman has a gift for making music accessible and fun. Here in this 2-3 octave arrangement with optional 12 handchimes (C4-G5) he combines "Joy to the World" and "O Come, All Ye Faithful".
From advent to epiphany, this 2-3octave collection of seasonal (still in print) favorites features arrangements from some of the best writers for the medium. Their simplicity guarantees success, and their artful musicianship ensures a satisfying experience. Tunes include "Away in a Manger" by Wagner, "Christmas Joy" by Helman, "Infant Holy" by Ullom-Berns, "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Hopson and "The Friendly Beasts" by McChesney along with 3 others.
This piece can be played as a suite. The arrangements will keep ringers busy in both two and three octave groups. They will be useful to newly formed choirs as well as choirs needing some easier material to extend a program or needing to ring on short notice (or short handed). These arrangements are fresh and creative while being easy to ring.
The "Antioch" tune is immediately introduced with a fanfare leading to a statement of "Joy to the World". Grand Christmas selection for the less experienced 2 or 3 octave choir.
A simple medley using 4 tunes, "Angels, From the Realms of Glory; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing & Angels We Have Heard on High".
A medley of "Watchman Tell Us of the Night, (Aberystwyth), Angels We Have Heard on High (Gloria), and Away in a Manger, (Cradle Song and Mueller)" make up this easy selection for bells and piano. There are a couple of bell changes, but plenty of time is given to make the change. The piano gives the work a "bigger" sound, and allows young ringers to be involved in a larger work.
Versatile! These three titles play as a suite or medley. Suggested cuts are made to shorten. Available in two editions, one for 2-3 octave choirs and one for 4-5 octave choirs.
Christmastide is a medley of six familiar Christmas carols: "Joy to the World," "He Is Born," "Away in a Manger," "God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen," "Sing We Now of Christmas," and "O Come, All Ye Faithful." The arranger uses various techniques and textures to contrast the carols and add interest. This arrangement was written for a Twelfth Night Christmas Handbell Festival. Available in two editions, one for 2-3 octave choirs and one for 4-5 octave choirs.
Part of the “Easy & Easy Medium Series”, this folio contains two arrangements of the Christmas hymn. These versions can be played separately or together as a longer single work.
Based on the traditional Carol, the arranger keeps rhythm and harmony simple and creates excitement with tempo and ringing techniques.
Cathy Moklebust gives her short arrangement (28 measures) the character designation: bouncy and light. Uses thumb damp, pluck and mart accompaniment and parts for optional triangle, tambourine and sleighbells.
The simple Czech tune is accompanied with repetitious patterns which change with each key.
"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" and "O Come All Ye Faithful" are both featured in this arrangement sub-titled "A Christmas Processional."
Only 39 measures long, this arrangement of the traditional Christmas carol is written for 2 octaves with 3 octave notes in cues. Rehearsal suggestions are given along with exercises to accomplish the required rhythms of the work.
The charm of this artfully written carol setting lies in its simple and direct approach.
An easy, interesting arrangement of a beautiful Christmas tune.
A gentle rocking motif in the upper treble bells introduces the first of two carols upon which this arrangement is based. CRADLE SONG and COVENTRY CAROL combine to challenge the ringer's sensitivity and musicality. Key changes add interest.
"Easy Christmas Concert" includes short, one-page arrangements of "Jingle Bells", "We Wish you a Merry Christmas", "Up on the Housetop", "O Come Little Children", "In a Manger He is Sleeping" and two versions of "Auld Lang Syne".
"Easy Christmas Pops" is a valuable collection for a Christmas concert. Several titles may be combined as a medley, or they can all be played individually. Titles include: "The Little Drummer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, Here Comes Santa Claus, Winter Wonderland, All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth, The Chipmunk Song," and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
The ten selections in this folio all average around 45 measures. "Easy Christmas Pops 2" is a good resource for extra material often needed in holiday bell "outings." Titles include "I Heard the Bells On Christmas Day, Mistletoe and Holly, The Christmas Waltz, Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, Toyland, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, I'll Be Home for Christmas, When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter, Home for the Holidays," and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
"Echo Carol" is an exciting arrangement of the familiar German carol, also know as "While by the Sheep We Watched at Night", for 2-3 octave handbell choir and optional 2-3 octave handchime choir. It is appropriate for church, school and special events during the Christmas season.
For organ and handbells, this is a medley of: "Good King Wenceslas, Holly and the Ivy, Lullay Thou Little Tiny Child," and "I Saw Three Ships".It is available in two editions, one for 2 octave choirs and one for 3-5 octave choirs.
"Good King Wenceslas" and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", are combined in festive manner for novice handbell ringers. The melodies occur in the lower and upper bells, giving everyone a chance at the tune. For the most part chordal texture is scored with some martellatos and shakes added for effect.
Useful as a short bell anthem (22 measures) or as an introduction to the hymn tune when the congregation sings.
Whether they are used as calls to worship or as fanfares rung prior to the hymns they are based on, these eight short titles will be just the thing to further involve your ringers.
Arranger Karen Roth forgoes percussive techniques in favor of the simple, beautiful sound of rung handbells in this setting for Advent or Christmas.
This piece includes two different versions of the same song. While both versions are around a level 2 rating, the second includes a flute part that doubles the melody line.
This gentle arrangement of the beloved carol is set in a sweeping and flowing style with a lush accompaniment.
Christmas is a magical time of year when we remember the Christ Child and what His birth has meant to the world from that time to the present. We love to sing and ring carols of the season as we celebrate and "Five Carols for Beginning Ringers" offers new ringers the opportunity to participate in the Christmas celebration.
A useful collection for the two octave choir. The arrangements reflect the spirit of the hymns.
By the use of specially designed first and second endings, this clever arrangement of carols gives the director the option of presenting each carol singly or designing a medley that is just the right length for the situation. Titles include, "O Come All Ye Faithful, The Friendly Beasts, Unto Us a Child Is Born, Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, and Gentle Mary Laid Her Child."
A collection which contains 8 hymns / carols.
This arrangement of G.F. Handel’s energetic chorus from "The Messiah" is set in easy to read rhythms and chordal textures, making it accessible to beginning ringers.
Beginning chimers and ringers alike will enjoy the different techniques and musical figures employed to convey the character of each selection in this folio from the TODAY'S HANDCHIMES series.
Educator and handbell director Diane Falk Romaine wrote these pieces primarily for use in the public schools with beginning ringers. Each arrangement addresses at least one important basic handbell technique. Titles include "Away in a Manger, Chanukah Oh Chanukah, While Shepherds Watched" and "Up On the Housetop."
"Angels We Have Heard On High," "Oh Come, Little Children," "Away in a Manger (Medley)," and "On Christmas Night" (based on Sussex Carol) are the four carols included in this flexible and handy resource for Christmas season ringing, whether in worship, concert, or bell outing.
The clip-clop of a donkey's hooves, the cooing of a dove, and the mooing of a cow all make a musical appearance in this sweet Christmas hymn arrangement.
The old French carol is simply arranged using whole, half and quarter notes. Ideal for the beginning choir.
Marked II+ because of tempo, but rhythmically playable by level I choirs. The entire first verse has the melody above and the accompaniment below written in dotted half notes. Later on some accidentals do occur, but should be easy to prepare for.
Exchange your gloves for mittens and have fun with this easy setting of the popular holiday tune.
Also known by the title "Good King Wenceslas," this short and very easy Christmas arrangement uses no accidentals and no special techniques other than LV.
This title is based on "Angels We Have Heard on High" and is a level 2+ for 2 or 5 octave handbell choir.
Antonio Vivaldi's beloved Gloria is here set for organ and 2 octaves of bells. The organ carries the sixteenth-note passages while the bells ring the chordal "Glorias."
This is a festive arrangement of the beloved English Christmas carol. As your ringers first look at this piece, have them check the music to see where the melody notes appear with relation to the accompaniment.
This predominantly chordal arrangement of the traditional English carol keeps all ringers involved. The time signature is cut time and adds a bouncing pulse to the music.
A bell peal begins and ends this arrangement, and repetitions of that peal are scattered throughout.
Are you looking for a short, lively Christmas piece for 2-3 octaves of bells of chimes ? Then this 40-measures (with repeats) bouncy rendition of the carol In Dulci Jubilo should fit the bill. The rhythms are easy, but imaginative and keep the ringers attentive, and may be rung or played by plucking, thumb damp, or malleting.
From David R. Kent, here is a festive and energetic setting of this treasured 14th century German carol to the tune "In Dulci Jubilo".
Chordal, straight forward arrangement. Ideal for choirs with little experience.
Although this Christmas favorite is 64 measures long, there are no page turns. A good Christmas piece for beginning choirs.
This wonderful carol seems a natural for the addition of percussion, mallets, thumb damping, and plucking--and that is just what arranger Richard McKee has provided.
Looking for an easy Christmas piece that anyone would love to ring? Kathleen Wissinger gives just the right piece.
Good King Wenceslas is a popular Christmas carol about a king who goes out to give alms to a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen (the second day of Christmas, December 26).
Choirs will find this selection a fun, educational, and unique setting of the traditional spiritual "Go, Tell It on the Mountain."
Take an old tune, dress it up with some "newer" harmonies and you have a lively addition of the spiritual to bell literature.
14 bells easily rung by 3 ringers! Unaccompanied.
Susan Geschke has given us a fresh and dynamic 2-3 octave setting of the ever-popular Christmas spiritual, "Go, Tell It on the Mountain."
Arranger Bill D. Dugger uses aspects of music not traditionally included in handbell music. An unusual use of the staccato articulation is called for in this arrangement of the familiar Christmas carol - staccatos are to be table damped instead of plucked, malleted, or thumb damped.
There are actually three arrangements of the English carol in this folio: a very easy warm-up or practice version, an easy Level 1 version, and a more developed Level 2 version.
Remarkably, the two-octave version uses only 19 bells to perform this perennial masterwork.
For 2 handbell choirs.
This book is the results of the author's years of work with children. Each title has 2 versions, one for 2 octaves and one for 2 1/2 - 3 octaves. Titles include, "O Come O Come Emmanuel, Away in a Manger, O Come All Ye Faithful, Joy to the World, and We Three Kings."
This series is a culmination of the arranger's work with childrens' handbell choirs. All volumes contain two versions of each piece, one for 2 octaves and one for 2 and 1/2 or 3 octaves. There are many special techniques used in this volume and may be left out or added to according to the skill level of the ringers involved.
A traditional 1st stanza followed by a "bridge" and modulation lead to a fee harmonization in this arrangement of a perennial Christmas favorite.
This purely instrumental setting of the French carol is for organ, optional Bb trumpet and 2 octaves of bells. A straightforward setting lends itself to beginning ringers a second or third year trumpet student and the organ part is not difficult either.
Opening with a powerful fanfare based on "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the work continues to press on in an exultant style with contrasting settings of the French carols "He Is Born!" and "Angels We Have Heard on High."
This arrangement of the French Carol is ideal for the less experienced choir because of the simplicity and chordal structure. Rhythmically easy.
With the use of mart-lifts, ostinatos, and key changes, many moods are set within this arrangement of the lively English tune.
The opening motif of this traditional English carol is developed for introductory and transitional material.
Based on the hymn tune, ABERYSTWYTH by Joseph Parry, this arrangement of "Watchman, Tell Us of the Night" is sensitive and affords many opportunities for musical expression.
For organ and 2 or 4 octaves of handbells. The set includes 8 handbell parts and 2 full organ scores.For organ and 2 or 4 octaves of handbells. The set includes 8 handbell parts and 2 full organ scores.
A few 8th notes on the first page but this music is rhythmically very easy. TD, PL, Mallet, SK, Mart lift.
Part of the “Easy & Easy Medium Series”, this folio contains two arrangements of the 14th century German melody.
A rhythmically simple, tender arrangement. 1 key change.
Two octaves of optional handchimes, mallets on suspended bells, toll swings, and LV technique are all called upon to join 2-3 octaves of bells in this medley of "Away in a Manger" (Cradle Song and Away in a Manger) and "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" (W zlobie Lezy). The tempo is slow and serene, the music fully scored to keep all ringers involved, and the ending strong and sure all in 56 measures.
A moving (linear) arrangement of "Wzlobie Lezy", a gentle Christmas lullaby.
This gentle, easy arrangement of the Polish tune is excellent for the less experienced choir.
Original music acts as introduction and interlude to the Polish carol W ZLOBIE LEZY. Marked "Gently, quarter=72" the texture is open with the LV technique blending the edges for a watercolor picture of the sweet manger scene. Bells or chimes will both do justice to the score and ringers will like the fact that they never have to change bells.
Arranged by Nancy Tipton, this arrangement features the middle bells (optional chimes) on the melody, accompanied by an arpreggiated bass and suspended mallets in the treble.
Fred Gramann paints a vivid image of the manger scene at Bethlehem as this gentle setting unfolds.
Sub-titled "A Setting", this 82 measure work scores 3 optional handchimes (F6, Bb6 and D6), along with mallets on suspended bells and echo technique to achieve an ethereal and gentle mood. The music is based on traditional carols. Medley of "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "He is Born". The 4-5 octave arrangement, in the same key, is item # MRRHB0036B.
The "Accessibell Series" consists of Level 1 and 2 music for 4 to 5 octave choirs. The primary focus is on easy, but interesting, well-crafted music for larger choirs. "In the Bleak Midwinter" is a straightforward, sensitive setting.
The melody is performed on a solo C instrument throughout while the bells provide a steady accompaniment using block chords.
A more challenging piece for 2 octaves with bell changes, a key change and eighth-note accompaniment. Only 54 measures in lenghth.
This delicate arrangement of the beloved Appalachian tune will be a poignant addition to Christmas services or concerts.
An Appalachian carol is the basis of this simple setting. Easy rhythms and tempos make the piece accessible, while melody in various ranges adds challenge to the developing ringer. Some LV technique is used and a few bell changes occur for interest.
Also known as "The Friendly Beasts," the setting gives beginning ringers an opportunity to work on rests, damping precision, thumb damping and plucking.
This piece is for 2 or 3 octaves handbells or handchimes and sleighbells, level 2.
For a social gathering around town or in the church's social hall, this is an easy piece to put fun into the event.
Interesting arrangements for beginning ringers are found in this Ardis Freeman handbell library. "Jingle Bells" combines chordal texture and optional staccato techniques with enough to keep everyone busy.
Optional sleigh bells and triangle lend atmosphere to this simple setting of a favorite holiday tune.
Cynthia takes a wonderful Christmas tune and makes a fine, fun arrangement. Your choir will love it!
This fiesty, fun arrangement combines the title tune and "Up on the Housetop". The piece is full of articulations that will keep the attention of the developing ringer and offer them opportunity to work on precision and musicianship.
Only 33 measures long, this arrangement of the traditional holiday tune is written for 2 octaves with 3 octave notes in cues. Rehearsal suggestions are given along with exercises to accomplish the required rhythms of the work. Bell assignment options are also given. A user friendly arrangement for beginners!
Bell assignment options, symbol definitions, and a warm-up exercise applicable to the arrangement, are all included on the back page of this Christmas carol setting. Only 34 measures long with no page turns and large print all combine to make this an effective learning tool for novice ringers.
"Joy Medley" combines two traditional tunes, "While By My Sheep" and "Joy to the World", making a happy handbell piece.
This medley is composed of "The First Noel; It Came Upon the Midnight Clear; & O Come, All Ye Faithful." Each title is uniquely arranged using different harmonic structure, form, etc.
"Sussex Carol", "Joy to the World" and "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" are combined in this Christmas carol medley.
A versatile composition for 2-3 or 4-5 octaves of handbells with full symphony orchestra or combinations of strings and woodwinds or string and brass. It is also scored for optional SATB chorus and/or audience sing-a-long.
A simple arrangement using few 8th notes. Ideal for the beginning group.
The introduction to this carol simulates a bell peal or "change." This pattern is heard throughout the piece - in the accompaniment and in transitions to new keys.
The "JOY" in this setting fo the favorite carol is achieved musically with strong textures, mart-lifts, shakes, echos, and thumb damps. Scored to keep all ringers involved and each register to be parft of the melody at some time during the piece. Performance notes are given on the final page.
Here is a great arrangement of a Christmas classic. Eithun has scored this rendition of "Joy to the World" for two or three octaves with no bell changes, and just enough techniques to keep the interest of even young ringers.
This piece includes two different versions of the same song. The original tune is not diminished in either version.
Agape Publishing Co. contributes to the Christmas repertory this marvelous hymn for the 2 or 3 octave choir. An ideal selection for the smaller handbell choir.
Created with the beginning choir in mind, these are readily accessible arrangements of Christmas favorites for 2-octave choirs. Full and dynamic chords coupled with appealing arrangements characterize these settings. Titles include, "Jingle Bells, The First Noel, Deck the Halls, O Christmas Tree, Infant Holy Infant Lowly, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Angels from the Realms, and Good Christian Friends Rejoice."
Lloyd Larson’s successful series "Keep It Simple" was created with the beginning choir in mind. These readily accessible arrangements of Christmas favorites are now available in both a 2-octave version and a 3-octave version. Titles include, "Away in a Manger/Still Still Still, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, In the Bleak Midwinter, Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Silent Night, and We Three Kings of Orient Are."
The translation of this German folk carol title is "Ring, Bells, Go Ring-a-ling-a-ling!" The musical score reflects this joy with light and bright textures seasoned with well-placed staccato techniques and gently bouncing rhythms. The ending slows a bit but grows stronger dynamically, ending with a big shake followed by a chord.
Three tunes, "We Three Kings; Away in a Manger; & God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" are included in this Christmas collection which is part of the "Let's All Ring" series.
This tune has long been a secular/sacred favorite Christmas song. This setting includes an optional processional and a part for triangle and hand drum.
Marked 2 -3 octaves, but the only third octave bells called for are C4 and F4.
The wonderful Advent/Christmas tune is here simply arranged for the 2 octave choir. The melody in the middle stanza is in the lower voice, giving these ringers an opportunity to share melodic material.
The arranger has created a gentle and imaginative setting of the familiar hymn tune, filled with mystery and distinctive harmonies.
Many things comprise to make this a challenge for level II choirs, the meter is 2/2, the opening combines mallets on suspended bells and martellato and the key changes from e minor to g minor.
Three pieces, "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "O Come, Little Children" and "Silent Night" scored for 2 octaves with 8 opt. bells from the 3rd octave. Play individually or as a suite.
Six carols, each with their own individual musical character, provide short renditions for use in the busy music-making season of Christmas, or use them as teaching or warm-up resource. The titles included are: "Silent Night, In Dulci Jubilo, Noel Nouvelet, Carol of the Bells, Ding Dong Merrily on High, and Lo How a Rose Eer Blooming."
Five dances from Tchaikovsky's perennial holiday delight are seamlessly woven together to bring to listening audiences visions of all the magic and spectacle of this classic story.
The first stanza uses a harmonic structure of 7th chords. The second stanza is more traditional with the melody in the lower voice.
Ten measures (with optional repeats) take the opening motif of this carol for use as a processional. The remaining 32 measures contain chordal texture, melody in the bass, echo technique and a triumphant shake-mart-lift ending.
Energetic and joyous, this setting of the favorite Christmas carol begins with a quiet single line of melody. As the texture thickens, the dynamics change until the melody enters with accompanied chords above. Later a gradual crescendo leads to a key change where the excitement continues to build to the final chord in measure 69.
This piece includes two different versions of the same song. The first is set at a performance level of One or Easy, and the second is level 2 or Easy Medium. The original tune is not diminished in either version.
These two easy handbell or handchime arrangements include the tunes ADESTE FIDELES (known as "O Come All Ye Faithful") and THE FIRST NOWELL.
This simple, but interesting arrangement is based on ADESTE FIDELES and W ZLOBIE LEZY. The texture is chordal until measure 32 where an alternating, quarter-note pattern is set up in the accompaniment. Periodically, mallets on suspended bells are called for.
Dynamic control is important to the successful performance of the German tune,"Ihr Kinderlein, Kommet". Lovely chords and several key changes add interest to this grand arrangement.
Only 32 measures long, this arrangement of the traditional Christmas carol is written for 2 octaves with 3 octave notes in cues. Rehearsal suggestions are given along with exercises to accomplish the required rhythms of the work. Bell assignment options are also given.
Usual arrangements of this carol are smooth and sweet. This setting, however, shows more of the playful, almost impish, side of children. The Bb clarinet is not optional and is a fine foil for the bouncy rhythms and staccato technique employed in the bell part. A truly, fresh rendition!
"O Come, Little Children" for 2-3 octave handbell choir is a delightful, energetic setting of the familiar Christmas carol that incorporates "Angels We Have Heard on High." It is an excellent choice for beginning ringers to perform during the Christmas season.
Two octaves of optional handchimes ring the "melody in the middle" in two passages in this gentle setting of the German carol. A slightly syncopated pulse keeps the energy going along with thumb-damped upper chords.
Here is a bright setting for the Christmas season that your developing 2-3 octave choir can successfully play with a minimal amount of rehearsal time.
A new, more readable arrangement of an all time Christmas favorite.
Performance notes, a warm-up exercise that pertains to the music and a note drill on bell changing are all included in this four-page octavo for bells. Set in 6/4 time with a good workout on dotted whole notes and ties.
This level one piece offers high musical quality and yet remains easily accessible.
The "St. Louis" tune is set chordally and dressed in a rich harmonic structure.
This short, relaxed Christmas selection moves through several modulations to provide a useful change of pace. Arranged for 2 octaves and 3 octaves.
Three separate, one-page scores are included in this arrangement for two processing groups of handbells or handchimes: one for 2 octaves, one for 4 octaves and one for 3 or 5 octaves.
This arrangement, adapted from a well-known Christmas choral standard, rings idiomatically as a natural for bells or chimes.
Part of the “Easy & Easy Medium Series”, this folio contains two arrangements of the Christmas hymn.
This hymn title is also known as Piae Cantiones and PERSONENT HODIE. The opening section is played entirely by mallets on tabled bells. This gives way to a single, alternating, sixteenth-note figure.
This 2 octave arrangement fills the bill for a school concert or an encore.
This charming character piece will bring a smile to every face!
"Pat-A-Pan" is a delightful Burgundian tune that dates back to the 17th century. Although in a minor mode, the tune is light-hearted and frolicsome in nature.
Traditional Christmas carols are arranged for a few ringers to go carolling with only bells and music. This collection is also great for quick Christmas programs! Titles include, "Away in a Manger, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, What Child is This, Joy to the World, O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming."
Traditional Christmas carols are arranged for a few ringers to go carolling with only bells and music. This collection is also great for quick Christmas programs! Titles include, "Carol of the Bells, Deck the Halls, O Christmas Tree, Jingle Bells, Good King Wenceslas, It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, Angels from the Realms of Glory, Good Christian Men Rejoice, We Wish You a Merry Christmas," and "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."
Traditional Christmas carols are arranged for a few ringers to go carolling with only bells and music. This collection is also great for quick Christmas programs! Titles include, "Shepherds! Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep, Once in Royal David's City, Coventry Carol, Once Long Ago, Let Our Gladness Know No End, Willie Take Your Drum, Watchman Tell Us of the Night, As Lately We Watched, O Come Little Children," and "There's a Song in the Air."
With a musical emphasis on "Away in a Manger" (the "Cradle Song" tune) and "Rocking Carol," the comforting melody of Humperdinck’s "Evening Prayer" offers an appropriately contrasting middle section.
This joyous arrangement combines Handel’s “For Unto Us a Child Is Born” with the carol “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” (ADESTE FIDELES). The two editions are compatible for massed ringing.
The optional percussion instruments add festive flavor to this processional and carol setting.
A collection of Christmas music from "Ready to Ring; Begin to Ring; & Clapper Classics". Imagine, all that fine music in one volume!
This arrangement of the familiar carol also known as "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime," starts and ends with battery bells on melody.
This great hymn tune can be used for either Christmas (Angels from the Realms of Glory) or Easter (Easter People, Raise Your Voices) services and is a good choice for festival use as well.
Two favorite Christmas hymns - “Joy to the World” and “Good Christians All Rejoice” - are combined in this sparkling arrangement set in a driving 6/8 meter.
16 Christmas songs included, no music reading necessary. This is a set. Ring as you sing. 8 bell books in each set, one for each bell used (BB4-A5). Add as many octaves as needed. Practical.
The "Ring Along Series" by Ardis Freeman is a unique concept; you do not have to read music to play handbells. Each set contains 8 books, one for each bell being played.
The music in this collection is 30% larger than most handbell music, making it much easier to read. Titles include, "Still Still Still, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas."
Fourteen popular carol tunes are presented in seven creative medleys, designed to cheer and inspire congregations and concert audiences. Titles include, "In Solemn Stillness, O Come One and All, When Christ Our Lord Was Born, Star of Wonder Star of Light, Great Our Joy, and Jingle All the Way."
This bright selection for the Advent/Christmas season is a "crisp-like-snow" setting of the traditional German carol, "Kling Glocken."
"Ring Out Christmas Joy" includes seven carols for bells and voices or solo instrument. The titles included are: "Angels We Have Heard on High; Good Christian Men, Rejoice; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; Joy to the World; O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, and The First Noel."
This installment of Kevin McChesney's best-selling series features 5 Christmas carols designed to aid the musical and technical growth of the beginning choir. All selections have 2 pages with no page turns and can usually be prepared in a couple of rehearsals.
The Ring Together series is known for its versatile, simple-to-learn arrangements, making it perfect for beginning choirs or for more advanced choirs with limited rehearsal time.
This volume of the popular "Ring Together" series continues the tradition of high-quality music for the developing handbell choir with arrangements of four Christmas favorites.
The sub-title of this selection is "Three for Christmas." They are each separate and no transition is given for a medley. Each selection is short, making the folio versatile.
Because it is sometimes difficult to find more challenging repertoire for 2-3 octaves, this arrangement of the Christmas spiritual should be welcomed. The spirited tempo and bell changes are the source of the challenge, for the rhythms are not difficult. The fabric of the work is mostly light and easy to read. 68 snappy measures.
Part of the “Easy & Easy Medium Series”, this folio contains two arrangements of this original Christmas tune. Overall, this lovely piece brings to mind Mary gentling rocking the Christ child amid the peaceful company of the animals in the manger.
A myriad of bell techniques come together to create a beautifully expressive wedding of two gentle carols.
Sheer fun describes this delightful piece of handbell music. The percussion instruments plus the ringing techniques make this a winner for ringer and listener.
This original composition does a good job creating a Russian atmosphere with lots of staccato technique and minor tonalities. Only 50 measures in length and marked "Lively quarter = 116".
"Sans Day Carol" is a lovely and easy arrangement of the beautiful English Christmas melody.
Here's just the selection for adding a bit of lighthearted fun to your holiday concert performances. Selections include, "Up on the Housetop, Jingle Bells," and "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas."
The arranger writes: This collection of 2-3 octave Christmas music is designed to enhance and complete the worship and concert music your handbell choir offers for the SEASON OF JOY.
Based on traditional carols, the arranger combines the following, creating a delightful Christmas offering: We Watched; Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep; Shepherds Came to Bethlehem; and The First Noel.
For beginning ringers or experienced ringers wanting to work on their musicality skills, this setting of STILLE NACHT by Franz Gruber works for either group. The echo technique is scored to add shimmering quality to the score. The melody is found in different registers, allowing several the ringers and opportunity to ring the line.
Carols which are versatile and interesting but easy to prepare and fun to perform. Carols: "Still, Still, Still: I Saw Three Ships; Pat-a-pan; & Jolly Old St. Nick."
The Simply Series from Ring Out! Press has been an accessible favorite with young ringers. Simply Santa is a medley of "Up on the Housetop" and "Jolly Old St. Nicholas".
A spectrum of musical color is created by various bell techniques and the optional tambourine part in this lively setting of the French carol.
Written for 2 octaves, but may be played by a quartet. Either hymn tune title may be used. The major interest is drawn from the untraditional use of minor to major accompanying harmonies.
Although scored for two octaves of handbells, this original lullaby composition would be most effective with choir chimes. A tender melody in the lower bells is accompanied by alternating chords in the upper register.
"Once in Royal David's City," "All Through the Night," and "O Little Town of Bethlehem" are intertwined in a lovely wreath of lullabies around the manger.
Sharon Elery Rogers adds to the repertoire this easy, melodic, flowing carol on VENITE ADOREMUS for 2 or 3 octaves of handbells or handchimes.
This arrangement is an effective combination of the two Christmas carols "Angels from the Realms of Glory & Go Tell It on the Mountain". Useful for young ringers and that helpful 'extra' Christmas selection for more advanced choirs. Special techniques are used to enhance the flavor and not simply 'thrown in' for good measure!
The 14th century German carol, Joseph lieber, Joseph mein is set here for 2-3 octaves of handbells with optional 5 chimes (C6-A6). An repeated accompaniment pattern is set up before the melody enters in the mid-range bells.
Dotted rhythms can sometimes frustrate young ringers. However, in this setting of the Catalonian folk song, the repetition of the dotted quarter-eighth should help ringers soidify this rhythm. The melody is sweet and is accompanied by simple figures.
This delicate arrangement of a traditional German carol uses groups of softly descending eighth notes to illustrate an image of gently falling snow on Christmas Eve.
The Austrian Christmas Carol is here set in a undulating texture using alternating eighth note patterns in the introduction. The piece is set in B flat Major but changes to F Major for the second half.
What better way to portray the sweet beauty of Christmas than an ensemble of harp and handbells. This 50-measure selection is perfect for a quiet moment of worship or concert selection.
This arrangement is a fun and easy Christmas prelude for 2-3 octaves of bells with optional use of 3-octaves chimes.
3 separate arrangement: "Joy to the World; Away in a Manger; & Gentle Mary Laid Her Child:. Alfred level 1. Whole, half and quarter notes.
"Bring a Torch, Jeannette, Isabella," "Carol of the Birds" and "Noel Nouvelet" are the three French tunes in this folio. Each one focuses on the pure rung sound of bells with no special techniques. Some bell changes will provide a challenge.
"Three Polish Carols" is a suite for two octave handbells or handchimes containing three carols from Poland: Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; Lullaby, Jesu; and When Christ Was Born. It can be performed intact or each carol can be rung separately.
Three Scandinavian Christmas Carols is a charming suite of 2 octave music for handbells or handchimes.
The three Spanish carols offer a freshness to any Christmas worship or concert.
A collection of 3 tunes:"Gentle Mary Laid Her Child", arr. Morris; "Gentle, Gentle Jesus", arr. Rawlinson and "Oh, Come, All Ye Children", arr Davis/Rawlinson. This is # 3 in a series of children's handbell music.
Seven established writers have combined their talents to offer nine selections that will heighten the emotion and mood of your Christmas worship services and December concert presentations. Songs found in this collection include, "Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Ding Dong Merrily on High, Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Carol of the Bells, Lo How a Rose is Blooming, Infant Holy, O Come All Ye Faithful, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Twas in the Moon of Wintertime, In the Bleak Midwinter, and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." Many of these titles appear in medleys.
"O,Christmas Tree" and "We Three Kings" are the well-known Christmas tunes in this mini collection from Kathleen Wissinger. The pieces may be played either together or separately and by handbells or handchimes.
The plaintive, French-Canadian hymn tune presented here is a simple, thoughtful, and reflective mood. The melody enters alone in the lower bells, and is joined by answering chords at the cadences. The melody appears in the upper register as well.
Jason Krug presents the well-known Canadian Christmas carol (Huron Carol) in the lovely arrangement for two or three octaves of handbells.
A fun piece for the Christmas season. Written on the treble clef and easy to put together.
The two carols, easy and simply arranged are: "The Bell Carol and The Coventry Carol". Ideal for the less experienced choir.
Straightforward, creative and fresh, the two carols, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "Pat-a-Pan" are handy resources for the Christmas season.
"Two English Christmas Carols" is a versatile setting of two folksongs, "I Saw Three Ships," and "The Sussex Carol."
Sharon Elery Rogers combines two separate chorales into one edition. "Good Christian Friends, Rejoice" (IN DULCI JUBILO) and "O Jesu, So Sweet" are 2 to 3 octave arrangements which can be rung on handbells or chimes.
Fred A Merrett brings together "Christ Child's Slumber Song" and "O Come, Little Children" in this charming and very ringable setting.
At last, beginning ringers can join in the fun of this favorite holiday tune!
The ancient Christmas carol known as "Puer Nobis" is the foundation for this level one arrangement. Performance notes are given as well as teaching instructions for the various techniques and dynamics used throughout the work.
Tambourine, wood block, and triangle lend their festive tambres to this setting of "Noel Nouvelet". This carol can be titled for Christmas as "Sing We Now of Christmas" or Easter as "Now the Green Blade Rises". Bell changes and special techniques will require that "extra" work, but are well worth it to achieve the joyful mood.
A collection of 3 tunes with variations. Use individual titles and variations or use all as a suite.
"Wassail, Wassail" is a delightful arrangement of the traditional Christmas carol, The Gloucestershire Wassail, for 2-3 octave handbell choir and optional sleighbells. It is appropriate for all special occasions during the Christmas season.
This is a beautiful setting of the familiar carol for 2-3 octave handbell choir.
This familiar piece has no more than quarter notes but offers some unique challenges.
For the first 15 measures of this arrangement of a traditional Irish carol the tune is scored in a unison line with all manner of melodic embellishment that the Irish are so fond of putting into their songs. When the harmony enters it stays in tight harmony and voice leading with the original melody-twist, turns, accidentals and all!
Arranger Cynthia Dobrinski set this traditional English carol in 6/4 meter for easier rhythm reading. Only the LV and mallet on suspended bells articulations are scored in addition to pure rung and damped bell tones. Accessible for 2, 3, or 4 octaves makes this a good one for combined choirs.
Part of the "Ardis Freeman Handbell Library," this 2-page setting of the traditional English carol is written in a gentle 3/4 meter. A few bell changes add challenge and interest. The back page contains the bells used chart with 2 suggested bell assignments, a warm-up exercise applicable to the piece, and helpful performance notes.
This reflective setting of the 16th century English melody, GREENSLEEVES, works equally well for bells or chimes or a mixture of both.
Beg, borrow or steal a cello player to perform this enchanting setting of the English folk tune GREENSLEEVES. The instrument part is NOT optional - it plays the melody throughout while handbells provide accompaniment.
This haunting arrangement of the tune “Greensleeves” is sure to become a holiday favorite with your congregation.
The traditional, French carol, "Quelle Est Cette Odeur Agreable," along with "Es Ist Ein Ros," the 15th century German tune, are set for 2-3 octaves with optional 2 octave handchimes (10 chimes). The character marking is "simply; gently" and the tempo, quarter note = 80. The tunes are set against easy rhythm patterns and give a good work out on the LV technique. The chimes enter with the melody in the mid section with accompaniment above and below.
A long awaited arrangement of one of the most popular songs of Christmas.
The ten creative carol settings offered here may be rung singly or performed in one of the four suites with which the collection is organized. Titles included are: "In Dulci Jubilo, Bring a Torch Jeanette Isabella, On Christmas Night, O Holy Night, Berceuse, The Birthday of a King, In the Bleak Midwinter, Infant Holy Infant Lowly, Hark the Glad Sound," and "Joy to the World."
Musically satisfying, yet easy to master technically, these five delightful carol settings will provide 2 and 3 octave ensembles with diverse offerings for the entire Christmas season. Titles include "Joy to the World, In the Bleak Midwinter, Go Tell It on the Mountain, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, The Snow Lay on the Ground."
Have fun ringing this medley of "Up on the Housetop, Deck the Halls, Jolly Old St. Nicholas, Here We Come A-Wassailing." This piece is ideal for fellowship, mall concerts, etc.