What Wondrous Love Is This
It’s a rare L1 piece that offers a truly beautiful interpretation that more advanced groups will also love playing - and this is one. Understated and plaintive, yet fully orchestrated for 3 or 5 octaves with compelling harmonic structure, “What Wondrous Love is This?” will become a classic in your group’s repertoire. It’s ideal for bells or chimes - or a mixture of both (options are noted). It’s also a great teaching piece for form, dynamics and voicing: ideal for worship, school, festival and concert use. There is one key change with ample time to switch out notes. A Unison Exercise sheet prepares your ringers, teaching the rhythm patterns, voicing issues and easy bell changes. The lower 4th/5th octave bass line will keep two beginning ringers interested but is also simple enough for one capable ringer to cover alone on bells or chimes. An optional double bass/cello score is included, if the lower bells or chimes are not available. For more pedagogically-focused pieces, check the “Class ring” series from ringTrue on the Jeffers website www.handbellworld.com (Music Search Assistant - “Series” at the bottom of the page), featuring music worthy of focused classroom teaching time and performance. 61 measures. Keys of c minor and d minor.