Song of the Spirit
This original composition by Derek Hakes uses both handbells and choir chimes in its stirring opening melody. With flowing musical lines that are both expressive and gentle, handbell choirs will find an opportunity for honing their musicianship and impassioned ringing skills. The contrasting minor section provides a nice change of mood and texture to the overall fabric of this powerful work for 3 to 5 octave handbells with optional 3 octave handchimes. Subtitled "Play the Sunset" for a secular setting, "Song of the Spirit" is 122 measures and is scored in F Major and d minor.