I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
The familiar carol text is set to a new melody by Neil Harmon in this joyful arrangement for SATB, flute, handbells 3, 4 or 5 Octaves: 25, (32), (36), and harp (or piano). In a rolling 6/8 meter, the piece progresses from an opening unison verse to two-part women to a four-part unaccompanied verse in minor, then an imitative section, a section with the men having the melody, and a coda. The setting is very accessible, yet interesting from start to finish. It is 113 measures in length.