Softly and Tenderly Jesus Is Calling
"Softly and Tenderly, Jesus is Calling" is a harmonically rich arrangement of the nineteenth century hymn for 3-5 octave handbell choir and optional 3 octave handchime choir. It is appropriate for worship services and it is an excellent choice for any concert setting. After the first 16 measures introduce a lovely melody that permeates the piece, the hymn tune enters at measure 17. As the music develops, the two melodies weave in and out of the texture in an absolutely beautiful way. In measures 63-80, the 3 and 4 octave bell choirs should omit the bottom note of the eighth-note bass line. Handchimes are optional in this section but they should be used if available. Make the most of the exquisite dynamic changes and strive for a meaningful, musical performance of this setting that will remain a steadfast favorite.