Breath of Heaven
Amy Grant’s poignant and haunting contemporary Christmas classic has been set for 3-7 octaves of handbells and optional handchimes. The opening suspended mallets create an ethereal backdrop for this well-known text which shares the inner voice of Mary as she journeys to Bethlehem to give birth to the Christ child. Her conversation with God reveals her fears and confusion as she cries out for God to “be with me now.” The quiet and subtle closing provides a sense of resolve as Mary accepts her task and trusts in her Lord. 126 measures. Key of c minor.