Madrigal of the Bells
Original text and music are set for SATB (or 3-part mixed) choir, piano, and optional 3 octaves of handbells. The text is accompanied by a bouncy melody and states: Hear the merry, merry bells of Christmas bringing in a song of joy and cheer. Her the merry, merry bells of Christmas ringing in a happy, happy new year. The bells are called upon to ring throughout the entire piece and are used in peal-like passages and open fifths and octaves.