Angels From the Realms of Glory
The setting may be played in its entirety, or sections may be used separately in various ways. The optional brass quintet may substitute for organ, if desired. When both brass and organ are used, suggestions are offered for the brass to tacet during parts of the piece. The fanfare introduction and first variation may accompany congregational singing. The second variation modulates and is written in 6/8 time, including the use of handchimes on the melody. The rhythm and texture build on the third variation. A return to the original key and style features the organ trumpet on melody with handbells malleting the accompaniment. The fanfare returns to close the arrangement. Additional suggestions for use are offered. The piece is a festive, challenging and versatile addition to the Christmas celebration. A total of 83 measures, this work is set in Bb Major and D Major.