Joy in the Morning
Natalie Sleeth's immortal composition, "Joy in the Morning," has been set here for 3, 4 or 5 octaves of bells and optional 3 octaves of choirchimes. The bell score stays true to the original using mart lifts for dramatic effect in the introduction. The handbell part can also be used as accompaniment to an SAB octavo (HPC5140) or an SATB part (HPF955). Optional brass can broaden the music. The crescendos and diminuendos are important and mirror the anthem text: "joy, joy, joy, joy, joy." The middle section, where the text reads: "There'll be peace and contentment evermore," is played on chimes and bells using mallets on suspended and tabled bells. A rousing ending finishes off with a ring touch, mart and pluck. The orchestration includes piano, flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpets, horns, trombones, tuba, percussion, harp, violins, violas, cellos, and basses.