Combine a healthy dose of Bluegrass musical style with traditional Christmas carols and you’ll have a good idea of the fun ringers will have performing this upbeat Christmas medley. Carols included are: "It Came Upon the Midnight Clear, The First Noel, Silent Night, and Hark the Herald Angels Sing."
Rhythmically easy, this arrangement goes through several key changes. It is a good study in 8th and quarter notes.
This is an easy arrangement of 2 stanzas ending with a coda.
An easy, festive setting.
Joyful thick texture, and light flowing musical fabric are contrasted in this setting of REGENT SQUARE. Colorful harmonies mingle with traditional chords and a smattering of staccato and legato techniques throughout all 82 measures culminating in a bold, big ending.
Joy rings from beginning to end in this uplifting medley of familiar carols.
Cascading peals, confident harmonies, and uplifting modulations add to this celebration of glory to the newborn King. Tunes featured in this piece are "Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and Angels We Have Heard on High."
Two European cradle carols ("Infant Holy" and "Rocking Carol") paint an exquisite musical portrait of that first Christmas night.
The melody begins in the bass clef accompanied by 8th notes chords played LV in the treble clef. Stanza 2 is a syncopated statement of the tune and the piece ends as it began with LV chords.
Use this product to accompany the SATB/Keyboard anthem, MHPC5157, OR play it as a handbell anthem as it will stand all by itself.
Joel Raney has expanded the horizons of the handbell repertoire with his fresh settings for bells, with optional choirchimes and a synthesizer part, which is included in the handbell score.
A repeatable, 8-measure bell peal introduces this arrangement on the French carol and also may also serve as an easily-memorized processional. The carol then is rung in a straight-forward manner, with the peal reappearing to end the piece.
The introduction of this arrangement is 19 measures long and plays upon the melodic material found in the chorus of this carol. Level two ringers should have no problem with the fun shakes and swings found also in the introduction.
Bagpipers and field drummers show up (figuratively speaking) in this arrangement of the favorite French carol. Grace notes played as martellatos give the effect of being in the Scottish highlands, while drum-like staccato rhythms punctuate the piece.
The simple beauty of the traditional Austrian carol is enhanced in this three-section setting. The beginning section is open and airy in feel; the second combines an upper melody with a flowing, eighth-note accompaniment of mostly open 6th intervals.
This composition combines "As Lately We Watched" with "Cradle Song".
Combine Kevin McChesney's skill at writing for handbells and Rebecca Bonam's skill at writing for piano and you get a fantastic arrangement for your handbell choir.
Conrad Kocher's hymn "As with Gladness Men of Old" gets a fresh new treatment in this setting by the energetic arranger Hart Morris. The accompaniment sports syncopation and off-beat accents to the straight rendering of the tune. It is written for a FULL three octaves.
The spirit of this wonderful tune is captured in this easy arrangement for 3 to 5 octaves. Optional use of chiming instruments with the bells creates a beautiful, warm Christmas selection.
Using a simple arpeggio figure and runs, this simple arrangement ends quietly in octaves.
Creative use of original introductory material, flowing 8th note accompaniment, strong chordal writing, key changes and use of mallets make this a seasonal gem.
This "Away in a Manger" is an arrangement of the tune by James Murray. The full octaves of the bass add depth and keep your ringers busy.
This version is a tender arrangement which must be rung with dynamic control because the full chords have the ability to overpower the melody.
The first stanza of this gentle, rocking arrangement of the "Mueller" tune uses a simple, 1 measure ostinato pattern. LV in the last stanza provides interesting chord structure.
Wife Cathy arranged the handbells and husband David contributed the organ score for this sweet arrangement. Both tunes "Away in a Manger" and "Cradle Song" are used.
Only 31 measures in length, this traditional tune is presented in a straight-forward fashion. No special techniques are required save for the LV. The texture is light and the tempo is andante.
Interesting arrangements for beginning ringers are found in this Ardis Freeman handbell library. "Away in a Manger" combines an ostinato, inner voice, scale-step movement and block chords.
This version is a solid three octave arrangement with a C instrument included in the key of C with absolutely no accidentals. The handbells provide a flowing, eighth-note accompaniment with extensive use of the LV technique for the melody in the C instrument.
The echo technique, optional flute part, and tempo fluctuations add interest to this setting of James Murray's "Away in a Manger". It is a good choice for choirs just stretching to 4 and 5 octave status.
Part of the "Ardis Freeman Handbell Library," this 2-page setting for bells or chimes centers on dotted rhythms and the LV technique. The back page contains the bells used chart with 2 suggested bell assignments, a warm-up exercise applicable to the piece, and helpful performance notes.
A slight syncopation with the B4 and C5 bells generates a gentle pulse on and off throughout this setting for bells and optional chimes (8 ranging from Bb4 to Bb5). This piece is in Eb Major until the final section where it modulates to C major. It ends quietly in measure 79.
Arranged by Alan Lohr, this is a level one arrangement of the two familiar melodies often associated with "Away In a Manger" and it gives plenty for all of the ringers to ring.
Who doesn't like a piece that sounds harder than it actually is? This charming arrangement of the tune Cradle Song features optional handchimes and varied handbell techniques.
This contemporary-sounding setting of the beloved Christmas hymn will fit in just about any type of worship service, from traditional to contemporary to blended.
Anna Laura Page’s calm setting of “Away in a Manger” combines both well-known tunes associated with the text.
Beautiful in its simplicity, this transcription based on the tune "Away in a Manger" can be learned in one rehearsal; yet in performance it presents with warmth and charming elegance.
Arranger William Mathis has set this medley for bells and 7 chimes in the 3 octave range. Both "CRADLE SONG" and "AWAY IN A MANGER" tunes are used.
This collection for handbells and piano contains: "Infant Holy", "Away in a Manger", and "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Harmonic structure is creative enought to add interest to familiar tunes.
Many well-known arrangers are represented through their arrangements in this collection of six carol favorites. Titles included are "Christmas Rejoicing, Once in Royal David's City, Mary Had a Baby, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Twas in the Moon of Wintertime" and On This Day Earth Shall Ring." ("Christmas Rejoicing" is based on traditional carols.)
This title is a refreshing arrangement of a classic. The familiar melody is coupled with 8th note runs in the upper bells.
"The Bells of St. Mary's" is a classic title for 3-5 octaves! Texture is thick and the piece is marked "moderately." Note values of all types are used in this piece, and there are some time signature changes.
During the Christmas season bells are found in worship, at the mall, in concert, at school, and even in the Santa Claus Parade! This collection of four Christmas/Holiday pops is a versatile resource. Titles include: "Jingle Bell Rock, Frosty the Snowman, It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, and Winter Wonderland."
This second volume collection of five Christmas/Holiday pops, arranged by Tammy Waldrop, is a versatile resource, which ringers will enjoy playing year after year. Titles include, "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!, I'll Be Home for Christmas, Santa Claus Comin' to Town, Home for the Holidays, and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
This exciting arrangement from Dan Edwards skillfully weaves together two great Christmas carols: "Ding Dong Merrily on High" and "Angels from the Realms of Glory."
The journey to Bethlehem is told through this combination of the carols, "How Far Is It to Bethlehem," "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "Silent Night, Holy Night". It will be important for ringers to recognize the melody as each carol is woven together woven together with the next.
Taking a traditional melody and adding fresh harmony makes this a delightful offering for the Christmas season.
Early ringers should enjoy this simple setting of the 17th century French carol. The tempo is quarter = 132 in 3/4 time, but with no eighth-notes. Some accompaniment is marked with the pluck technique adding bounce to the open feel of the work.
The wonderful French tune takes on new life and color with the use of mallets, SW, TD, PL, SK and BD. This one's a must for the Christmas season!
Beginning in 6/4 time with martellato and staccato technique galore, this setting of the traditional French carol hints at the arrangers upbeat personality. Ringers will enjoy the melody in octaves and all the special techniques throughout the accompaniment.
This happy, dancing arrangement of the beloved French Christmas carol is playable in either three beats or one beat to the measure, depending upon the ability of the group.
This piece is an easy, chordal arrangement of the traditional tune. Optional finger cymbals can be used.
This traditional Ukrainian Carol arranged for 3 octaves of bells includes some original material. A bells assignment chart for ringing this piece with four ringers is included in the book "Impossible Ringing Made Possible" (HP1108).
Celebrate the Christmas season with this lesser known but beautiful carol. The tune of the French carol is set in two moods in this short, 34-measure selection.
The hauntingly beautiful melody of this Canadian carol, “‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime,” is expressively captured in this 3-5 octave setting by Ontario based arranger Winnagene Hatch.
This collection of 4 carols takes its' repertoire from around the globe. Each title consists of a medley of familiar Christmas carols. "Tidings of Comfort and Joy" is based on British carols, "Glory to the Newborn King" is composed of traditional German carols, "Over the Hills and Ev'rywhere" brings several American carols together, and "Whom the Choirs of Angels Praise" is based on French carol tunes.
James Smith arranged six, 3-4 octave carols that are free of bell changes and require only a stand for the music. Selections include: "O Come, Little Children; Joy to the World; O Come All Ye Faithful; Silent Night; Jingle Bells; and The First Noel."
The six standard Christmas carols contained in this collection can be used either as short handbell pieces or as accompaniments for congregational/audience singing. Titles include: "O Come, All Ye Faithful; Good King Wenceslas; God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; In the Bleak Midwinter; and Silent Night."
Keyboard and bells soar to excitement on this medley of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear." The bell chart suggests that 3rd and 4th octave treble bells may be doubled, giving the 5th octave ringers lots of playing time!
This practical collection of 7 tunes, "Carol of the Bells; Away in a Manger; Mary Had a Baby; The First Noel; Good Christian Folk, Rejoice; In the Bleak Midwinter; and Good King Wenceslas" is arranged so that each will follow smoothly into the next allowing several pieces to be played as a medley.
Dan Edwards provides a simple yet creative arrangement for beginners with this medley, incorporating "Bring A Torch, Jeanette, Isabella," "Away In A Manger," and "Silent Night". Chordal ringing with varying dynamics satisfies the ear while building ringer's skill and confidence.
The treasured carols that we can’t wait to hear, sing, and play each December are among the essential elements of our Christmas worship and celebrations. Titles include, "Joy to the World, In the Bleak Midwinter, O Come All Ye Faithful, Silent Night, Sing We Now of Christmas, What Child is This, Away in a Manger, and Angels from the Realms of Glory."
Sleigh bells and tambourine add a new flavor to the traditional carols "Good King Wenceslas" and "Ding Dong! Merrily on High." The Wenceslas melody predominates, but is combined at one point with the other tune.
Use this gentle arrangement as a handbell piece or to accompany an anthem of the same name (MSM501552). Rhythmically easy and good use of bells in the 4th octave.
The unexpected harmonic progressions combined with the simplicity and transparancy of the music creates a relaxed and charming piece.
The joyful Christmas carol by Friedrich Wilhelm Zachow is here set in 3/4 time for simpler reading.
Angels from the Realms of Glory; Angels We Have Heard on High; and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" are joined together with a brilliant fanfare.
Three pieces for performance and teaching. The "objective is not to make everything easy but to provide challenges which build confidence".
Looking for a fresh and uncomplicated arrangement of favorite Christmas Carols? This collection provides an opportunity for ringers of 3 octaves to make a beautiful contribution to the season!
Joy to the World; What Child is This; Away in a Manger; & Hark! The Herald Angels Sing are used in this delightful medley.
The well-known Christmas "bell" songs "Kling Glocken", "I Heard the Bells", and "Ding Dong Merrily on High" are combined in a dazzling medley.
"The Christmas Book" may not be a very catchy name, but it sure is an appropriate one! Linda Lamb and Bill Ingram have arranged ten of the most popular Christmas songs in settings that are fresh, beautiful, and accessible.
A malletted LV introduction sets the mood for the Christmas fantasy using "Cranbam; W Zlobie Lezy; Cantique de Noel & Stille Nacht." The music ends quietly as it began.
This work presents simple carols introduced and joined together through passages resembling tower, bell peals. The LV technique is frequently called for.
“Ding, Dong! Merrily on High,” “Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child,” and “Joy to the World” come together in this balanced outpouring of Christmas joy.
A lively arrangement incorporating the "Wassail Song" & " We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Rhythmically easy.
"Joy to the World, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, and O Come, All Ye Faithful" are the three Christmas carols included in this simple arrangement. A passage of original material in peal-like fashion introduces the first tune and is also used as transition material between tunes and as a final statement to the piece of 78 measures.
Spice up your Christmas celebrations with this festive, 36-measured introit. A sparkling peal, which can be doubled in the 5th and 6th octaves, runs through the piece with melody in the lower ranges.
Based on "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" this setting comes out with a bang in fortissimo dynamic, shake technique, and strong chords. The dynamics contrast, however, giving ringers a work out on musical expression, At only 33 measures, this is an ideal transition piece or introduction to the singing of the carol. Some bell changes apply!
The seasonal favorites "Adeste Fidelis, Infant Holy, silent Night, and Jingle Bells" are one page, repeatable versions, and may be used as incidental music, or as a suite. These arrangements are ideal when the bell choir has absent members and when little rehearsal time is available.
A rousing, 12-measure flourish introduces three carols. Fully scored to keep all ringers involved, "Christmas Jubilation" is a tidy 100 measures in length.
Uses "Infant Holy" and "Cradle Song" over an arpeggiated moving accompaniment.
Michael Helman has combined the three tender carols, "Away in the Manger" (both the CRADLE SONG tune and James Murray's tune) and "The Friendly Beast" for this medley and has assigned special techniques throughout.
Medley of "Away in a Manger (Kirkpatrick) & Infant Holy Infant Lowly (Polish)". The traditional carol tune "Cradle Song" is the basis of this tender setting for bells and 3 octaves of optional but preferable chimes.
Handbell choirs need LOTS of music at Christmas time, but generally don't have enough rehearsal time to prepare several long works. This mini-collection of three short pieces is a great resource for additional material. "Silent Night" is a reflective moment (26 measures), "We Three Kings of Orient Are" is a stately march (47 measures), and "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" is a simple, free setting (45 measures). Levels range from 2 to 3.
A repeatable processional begins this medley of "Joy to the World, Hark! the Herald Angels Sing, and Angels We Have Heard on High". Fully scored with special techniques, including the gyro, sprinkled throughout for flavor.
Rhythmically easy medley of "Infant Holy" and both tunes associated with "Away in a Manger."
An easy collection of 3 separately arranged Christmas tunes: "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; Zither Carol; & Puer Nobis".
The setting of this popular Christmas song by Michael W. Smith and Joanna Carlson sparkles with joy and energy. The inherent nature of the melody makes it particularly suitable for handbells.
This collection contains separte arrangements of: "First Nowell; It Came Upon a Midnight Clear; & Angels from the Realms of Glory."
Janet Linker and Jane McFadden beautifully combine “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and “Angels We Have Heard on High” into one glorious medley for handbells and keyboard.
An avant garde arrangement of 3 tunes: "A Babe is Born; Still, Still, Still; & Shepherd's Awake - Bring a Torch."
A lively arrangement of a traditional Moravian Carol which is at times combined with "In Dulci Jubilo".
Bob Ward dedicated this piece to his mother. It is a fine choice for Christmas concerts and worship during the Christmas season.
The publisher has graded this work level I, but syncopation and the fast, allegro tempo dictates a II+ rating. The texture of the work is light, airy and expectant.
Based on the carols, "Savior of the nations, Come" and "O Come All Ye Faithful," this piece may be performed by one handbell choir; or it may be rung by two or three separate choirs. Rich harmonies and appealing running eighth note patterns create a jubilant setting of this traditional Christmas carol, appropriate for church or your holiday concert.
Making great use of the “singing bell” technique, this arrangement effectively combines “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” with “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “What Child is This " for a thought-provoking Advent/Christmas piece.
The composer has woven three traditional carols ("Hark the Herald Angels Sing, He Is Born, and O Come All Ye Faithful") together to create a sparkling arrangement for the Christmas season.
"Contemplation on Silent Night" is truly an exquisite treatment of the treasured carol of Christmas. The handbells are an integral part of the orchestration for this setting, but the handbell part does not stand alone.
A fine arrangement with interesting harmonies.
Beginning quietly and slowly, this piece builds to a loud, vigorous climax and then concludes with the mood set at the beginning.
This is the handbell score for the performance using handbells, ogran, orchestra. The reviewer does not know how these parts fit together. Rent orchestra parts from National. Orchestra reduction for organ by David Livingston.
Optional finger cymbals, wind chimes, and flute add their ambiance to this reflective setting of the traditional English carol. The opening section is marked "mysteriously, freely" and sets the tone for the entire work.
This is a particularly fun piece for handbells and is set for 3-5 octave handbell choir and optional handchimes.
Get out the mallets and have some fun with this peppery rendition of the English Christmas carol. The melody is rung in both upper and lower ranges with malleted accompaniment. A slow ending section provides good contrast - all in 45 measures.
Arranger Bill Ingram successfully combines the title tune with the chorus "Gloria" (Angels We Have Heard on High).
An ostinato pattern, a minor mode (middle section) and good use of bells all combine to make a fine Christmas selection for the 3 octave choir.
Bring together two highly recognizable carol tunes ("Ding! Dong! Merrily on High" and "Angels We Have Heard on High") with idiomatic bell patterns, striking harmony and an exhilarating modulation from E-flat to G, and you have the ideal selection for celebrating the most joyous time of year.
Playful bell motives abound in this joyful arrangement of a favorite Christmas bell tune.
This joyful arrangement combines the title carol with strains of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", resulting in an appealing holiday offering.
This joyful arrangement combines the title carol with strains of "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day", resulting in an appealing holiday offering.
Although the title suggests only "Ding, Dong, Merrily on High", this piece is really a medley of "Carol of the Bells, Joy to the World, Wassail Song, Deck the Halls and Ding Dong Merrily on High."
Based on PERSONENT HODIE tune, the first 20 measures may be used as an easy-to-learn processional. Optional chimes and finger cymbals add to the medieval feel of the piece, which is entirely chordal in texture.
The "Echo Carol" remains a popular Christmas selection after centuries of use. An easy arrangement, each of the 3 stanzas are in different keys.
This setting of the traditional German carol is for two choirs: handbells and handchimes, or bells and bells. The tempo is allegro in cut time, the texture strongly chordal, and the play between the two choirs is, well, in echo fashion!
Held in honor as a living symbol of renewal and eternal life, the evergreen is inextricably linked to the true farther-reaching meaning of the season. This medley includes the titles, "Deck the Halls, O Christmas Tree and The Holly and the Ivy."
"Fanfare for the Faithful" uses the traditional Adeste Fideles (O Come All Ye Faithful) tune as an effective handbell and handchime composition for either worship or festival ringing.
Introduce your next Christmas program with this short (34 measures) fanfare on the traditional tune. Fun and exciting to ring.
Carols included are: "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing; Greensleeves; The First Noel; Adeste Fideles; & Stille Nacht."
Arranger Hal Hopson employs differing textures and meters to present the French carol Il est Ne. An opening section in 2/2 is a lovely passage of original material leading up to the entrance of the carol in the mid-range bells. The next section is in 3/4 and rhythmically alters the original tune through rests and elongated note values. A return to 2/2 finds the melody doubled in the lower octaves while a running commentary of alternating eighth notes runs above.
An energetic and exciting setting of 2 Christmas Carols, "Sicilian Mariner & O Come, Little Children." Good music to help your choir move beyond the beginning level.
Beginning and advanced choirs alike will be delighted by this up-beat and joyous Christmas offering from Cynthia Dobrinski.
Get out both your bells and your chimes (opt. 3 octaves) to ring this easy-to-prepare arrangement of the favorite British carol. Ingram presents the carol simply, but with a few surprises as the melody line soars into countermelody! Chimes may play on the melody in a later section.
Here is a fresh and spirited arrangement of this familiar carol.
Here is a great Christmas carol that your new five octave choirs can achieve. This is a straight ringing piece that sounds fuller and harder than it really is.
The gentleness of this arrangement is emphasized by the arranger's dedication to his newborn son's first Christmas.
The toll swing figures highly in this setting of the English carol. The melody enters in the bass with chords being tolled in the upper bells. In other sections, the melody moves around the octaves with interesting countermelody.
Celebrate Christmas with the fine arrangement of the traditional English carol. LV is widely used.
The opening, subtle solo notes swiftly move into full, glorious chords. You are swept along by waves of alternating LV and Ring sounds.
"Silent night, Holy Night; Patapan; In Dulci Jubilo; Hark! The Herald Angels Sing; and Coventry Carol" are included in this small collection.
The 1991 edition of a very successful 1990 publication. Easy arrangements of "What Child is This; O Come, All Ye Faithful; Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; O Little Town of Bethlehem; & An American Christmas."
Captivatingly simple, this carol demands sensitivity and refinement to achieve the fullest tonal potential. Very satisfying.
This rendition of “We Three Kings” has a big sound, but is super easy to prepare for performance.
"Follow the Star" is based on Helen Kemp's choral setting of the Puerto Rican carol.
You'll have your audience nodding heads and tapping feet with this wonderful arrangement of a perennial favorite! A delightful ending with mallets, TD and martellato!
Whether your choir rings 3,4 or 5 octaves every ringer will keep busy in this setting of the CATALONIAN carol - a straight-forward arrangement spiced with martellatos, mart-lifts, and pluck or mallets. 35 measures in length.
This is a lively rendition of this traditional Christmas carol, commonly known as "Good King Wenceslas."
Five lesser known German Carols are skillfully arranged for SATB voices with handbells and other optional instruments. Performance options suggest multiple ways of using this delightful music.
This hauntingly beautiful tune by Pietro A. Yon is a standard Christmas holiday classic the world over.
The medley contains: "Sleep of the Infant Jesus & We Three Kings." Chordal and in compound meter.
Both the joyous and tender aspects of the season are admirably expressed in an easy medley perfectly suited for worship or concert.
The tune Piae Cantiones is the tune used here (same as Good King Wenceslas) in this setting for 3 octaves. Chordal and polyphonic textures are both scored and provide interest. No special techniques are asked for allowing the music to focus on the pure rung sound of bells. 61 measures in length.
This setting of "God Rest Ye Merry" is a lively, bright arrangement of the traditional Christmas favorite. The Level 2 rating makes this setting accessible for almost any choir.
An easy, chordal arrangement of the traditional tune.
This is the handbell score for the performance using handbells and orchestra.
Part of the "Ardis Freeman Handbell Library," this 2-page setting of the traditional English carol makes extensive use of the staccato technique. Reading music "road signs" is another feature for teaching. The back page contains the bells used chart with 2 suggested bell assignments, a warm-up exercise applicable to the piece, and helpful performance notes.
Interesting arrangements for beginning ringers are found in this Ardis Freeman handbell library. "Good Christian Men, Rejoice!" provides a good challenge for counting and rests and clean damping. Also, the ringers will encounter various "road map" signs and learn to follow a score. However, there are no worrisome page turns.
Have a successful Christmas Ring with the use of this lively arrangement of "Tempus Adest Floridum" which has a active bass ostinato in much of the music.
51 measures in length, textures of tall chords that involves all the bell positions, mallet techniques and simple rhythms all make this a winner for early level II choirs and any other choir that needs that "extra" Christmas selection. Medley of "Good King Wenceslas & Gentle Mary Laid Her Child".
A brisk, 8-measures passage sets up a steady tempo with mallets on tabled bells and thumb damps. The tune enters at nine as a single line, but soon swells to full chords rung in forte dynamic. Other sections are "gentle" effected by the echo technique; "stately" with steady-march tempo; and a final return to the opening material with a few more surprised added to the mix! 85 measures.
This collection of six titles for Christmas makes good use of the special bell techniques..
An interesting arrangement. No rhythmic problems. Harmony colorful. The melody moves to different octaves. Various techniques used.
All dotted rhythms generally associated with this tune have been removed making it rhythmically easy.
Make your Christmas celebration come alive with this fun and compelling arrangement of "Go, Tell It On the Mountain."
Cast in a moderate swing style, the setting opens with a simply stated bass line and grows as the tune is added and the harmonic texture thickens.
A lovely arrangement for bells, wind chimes, oboe and flute. Bell part is an arpeggiated accompaniment for the instruments which are not optional.
This piece uses a combined handbell choir (3,4 or 5 octaves) and handchime choir (2-3 octaves) or keyboard.
This fifth volume in the highly successful "Handbell Hymns" series contains eight settings of hymn tunes appropriate to the Advent and Christmas seasons.
This latest volume in the highly successful Handbell Hymns series presents eight additional titles for use during the most joyous season of the year.
This Level 1 collection of 3 octave handbell or handchime music is perfect for the Christmas season. As angel choirs heralded the wondrous birth on that first Christmas night, we too celebrate this joyous event each year ringing the glorious music of the season. Titles include: "Bring a Torch Jeannette Isabella, What Child is This, O Leave Your Sheep, Savior of the Nations Come, O Come Little Children, Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, When Christmas Morn is Dawning," and "The Snow Lay on the Ground."
Arranged for minimum rehearsal time for both bells and instruments. Brass ensemble includes two trumpets, horn, trombone & bass trombone/tuba. Set includes seven bells parts, full score and brass parts.
Chordal accompaniment, rung and malleted provides the backbone texture of this level II work with keyboard. The melody is found in upper and lower registers, giving all the ringers a "turn."
Ringers will appreciate that the melody of this favorite carol appears in both the upper and lower registers of the bells. Shake technique adds excitement to this fully-scored rendition that keeps everyone busy. The back page includes rehearsal notes and an ringing exercise directly related to the piece.
This level 1 setting provides easy access to a favorite Christmas hymn with quarter note rhythms and carefully separated parts in melody and accompaniment. All ringers are involved throughout the piece.
Include this delightful arrangement in your next Christmas program!
Two earlier collections are combined to produce this useful volume of Christmas Carols.
"He is Born" is a simple arrangement for mixed two-part or SATB voices. The vocal style should be light and animated throughout, never dark or heavy.
Staccato effects, such as thumb damp, ring touch, pluck, and mallet figure highly in this setting of "Il Est Ne", the old French carol, and give the effect of a hand drum. Attention to bell changes rather than rhythm is the key to a satisfying performance for church or concert.
Part of the "Ardis Freeman Handbell Library," this 2-page setting of the French carol challenges ringers to think in layers and to follow repeats. The back page contains the bells used chart with 2 suggested bell assignments, a warm-up exercise applicable to the piece, and helpful performance notes.
Cynthia Dobrinski's sparkling setting of this familiar French carol is ideal for choirs that want to sound terrific with a minimum of rehearsal.
"He Is Born" is a lively arrangement of the traditional eighteenth-century tune IL EST NÉ. The dance-like character of this arrangement artfully illustrates the words of the carol, which tell us to "play the oboe and bagpipes merrily."
Two French carols(IL EST NE and GLORIA) combine with ADESTE FIDELES in this setting for handbells OR handchimes. A joyful tempo of quarter note = 106 sets the happy tone along with the shake technique used throughout the work. Dynamic and tempo variations add depth to an otherwise easy to prepare selection of 72 measures.
This arrangement of the favorite alto aria from Handel's "Messiah" is set in gently pulsating textures accessorized by well-placed articulations and handchime scoring.
This collection of seven well-known holiday tunes are for intermediate choirs. All sorts of articulations and effects are employed to make the most out of "holiday cheer"!
Rhythmically easy, chordal arrangement ideal for the less experienced choir. LV technique used.
This thoughtful and quiet rendering of the traditional English carol by arranger Sandra Eithun is a perfect fit for times when a more reflective mood during holiday performances is desired.
This 76-measure work pairs a lively rendition of “The Holly and the Ivy” with a more lyrical setting of “Joseph Dearest, Joseph Mine” that may be played on handchimes.
The echo technique figures highly in the gentle opening of this English Christmas carol. Optional handchimes, ranging from F5 to C7, add shimmer to the mix. The textures build throughout to a strong, but flowing conclusion.
A lively, dance-like opening section complete with thumb-damped and malleted accompaniment opens and closes this 84-measured work and contrasts with the middle section of open-spaced texture and smooth, eighth-note accompaniment.
Descending, eighth-note runs fall like snow over the melody of this beloved English carol. This melody is heard in upper and lower ranges, giving everyone an opportunity to ring it. The final section is full and strong and involves all the ringers.
This selection, originally written by Johnny Marks, is written for 3, 4 or 5 octaves.
Contains: "Home for the Holidays; I'll Be Home for Christmas; &Winter Wonderland."
Alfred Level # 2. Rhythmically easy, chordal. Dynamic control essential. Melody shared in all octaves.
This traditional carol is easy enough to learn in one rehearsal of the brass and one rehearsal of the handbells. Must be performed with brass. Set includes seven HB parts and parts for Brass Quartet (two Trumpets, French Horn and Trombone).
"How Great Our Joy!", based on the traditional German carol JUNGST, offers multiple choices for performance. Performance options suggest using a piano, organ, or electronic keyboard for the second choir part; or it can be a two handbell choir piece.
"O Little Town of Bethlehem," "Still, Still, Still" and "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" have been seamlessly woven together to create a lovely Christmas arrangement full of warmth and tenderness.
Tim Waugh arranged this carol for a high school ensemble. The melody is played strictly in octaves or unison accompanied by an ostinato pattern of mixed rung and martellato techniques. Good for ensemble or young ringers.
American Indian carol. Several bell techniques used.
"Hydom, Hydom (Shepherds Watch Their Flocks by Night)", an exciting arrangement of the traditional Czech carol, employs numerous handbell techniques: martellato, pluck/mallet, mart lifts, ring, LV, and mallets on suspended bells.
Here is an innovative arrangement of the traditional Christmas carol.
An easy, simple setting of the traditional tune. A fine offering at Christmas.
For the 5 octave choir seeking a "quick" Christmas number this music is ideal.
"Adeste Fideles" is incorporated into this arrangement of the traditional Polish tune. Rhythmically easy but uses a lot of 8th notes.
Rhythmically easy arrangement of this familiar tune. Perform with bells alone or add flute for color.
This level II piece gives less-experienced ringers an opportunity to be involved in a larger work.
After a chordal introduction the melody appears in solo line then enhanced by an upper countermelody. Soon the texture grows with open spacing. A new section builds into a chordal texture and leads into the opening material. Toll swings are the only special technique required.
3 or 4 octaves may ring this straight-forward rendition of the Polish carol depicting the humble Christ Child. The melody enters in the forth measure and appears in both treble and bass registers at different times in the piece.
A gentle lullaby for the Christ Child, this arrangement includes a tender rendition of Brahm's Lullaby (Wiegenlied) in a later section.
Lloyd Larson skillfully combines “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly” and “Once In Royal David’s City” into one beautiful arrangement.
This subdued musical meditation on "Joy to the World" offers an entrancing backdrop for prayerful thought on the miracle of Christ's birth and the ensuing events of His life.
Modulations are so natural one is hardly aware of the 3 key changes. Gentle arrangement.
A quiet, rhythmically easy arrangement for chimes and handbells.
Gustav Holst's melody and Christina Rossetti's text are represented in this bell score with a variety of performance options: vocal solo with handbell accompaniment or instrumental solo with handbell accompaniment or handbell solo with handbell or keyboard accompaniment or chimes may be substituted for handbells. All parts are included in the folio.
A lot of interest and contrast are packed into the 43 total measures of this setting of Gustav Holst's beloved carol. Ringers will benefit from the challenge of varying tempos, moods, dynamic levels and LV technique. The rhythms should come fairly easy allowing time to focus on musicality.
Subtitled "A Setting", this 82 measure work scores 6 optional handchimes along with mallets on suspended bells and echo technique to achieve an ethereal and gentle mood. The music is based on traditional carols "In the Bleak Midwinter" and "He is Born". The 2-3 oct. arrangement, in the same key, is item # MRRHB0036A.
2-3 octaves of handchimes play a unique role in this setting of Gustav Holst's beloved melody CRANHAM. The chimes are scored on a separate grand staff and play in combination with the 3-5 octave of handbells. A keyboard may play the chime part if necessary. The music flows along at a gentle pace; the texture is light with occasional building up to make a point, 89 measures.
Using only legato ringing, this gently flowing setting conveys a sense of peace and tranquility surrounding the birth of the Christ child.
An elegantly graceful offering teeming with rich chords, this arrangement is stunning in its simplicity and beauty.
The first stanza has the melody above a chordal accompaniment. 2nd stanza is treated as a round. Ideal for the beginning choir.
Tolling bell patterns support the richly chorded tune of this familiar carol.
"It Came Upon the Midnight Clear" is a gentle, flowing arrangement of the beloved Christmas carol for 3-5 octave handbell choir. It is appropriate for any Christmas program during the holiday season, but it is especially useful for a Christmas Eve service.
To aid in this medley of "I Wonder As I Wander" and "Kings of Orient" the composer has given extensive performance notes, which explain the musical picture of each element of the work.
The composer captures the mood of this wonderful Christmas piece by retaining the modality but enhancing it with contemporary harmony. A stunning piece of music!
Images of the midnight sky covering the desolate Bethlehem plains, as cows and sheep in a small, crude stable gather to protect a tiny babe in a manger, are brought to mind in this memorable musical experience.
Here’s a bit of fun for everyone! This most recognizable Christmas tune is treated to several imaginative variations in a refreshing change of pace for your December programming.
A short, easy, uncomplicated arrangement. Ideal for the Christmas Concert.
Have fun with this easy arrangement of the ever popular tune.
This is a rhythmically easy and simple arrangement of Pierpont's tune.
Fred Bock has long been known for excellent and interesting piano arrangements. At last, some of these are being set for handbells. William Mathis captures the fun and frolic of Fred's "Jingle Bells" by combining sleigh bells and triangle with staccato passages to open the work. At the chorus we find a descending chromatic movement that adds a comical notion. Bagpipe effects enter on the next verse which dead ends into some trouble! Perhaps this is the precise moment that the horse becomes "upsot!" The ride begins again and all is well.
This "double quartet" combine 4 ringers with 4 flautists for a merry rendition of the favorite holiday tune. The SET contains parts for: ringer 1&2, ringer 3&4, flute 1, flute 2, flute 3, flute 4 and a full score.
On the back page of this bell selection, along with the bell chart and articulation definitions, is a rhythmic exercise with instructions. This exercise is a great warm-up for rhythms used in this processional on the favorite holiday tune. Optional handchimes and jingle bells are also scored and worth the effort to acquire for this piece.
This anthem is NOT in the same key as MHP1296 by Ms. Dobrinski (2-3 oct. arrangement).
This lovely carol in lilting 6/8 meter contrasts a lively 1st section with a calmer 2nd section.
Harmonies using 2nds and 7ths and the melody moving to various octaves create an interesting arrangement for ringers and listeners.
This 15th century German carol has been set for 3,4 or 5 octaves of bells with optional 2 octaves handchimes. Extensive use is made of mallets on suspended bells.
Shifting major/minor tonality, repeating ostinato rhythms and a melody more of sound than of line characterizes this original composition that may or may not be for the Christmas season.
A unique bell tree processional using 2 "trees" plus a flute or suitable C instrument. A section of change ringing is optional. Perform in different keys to accommodate the range of bells available.
Arranged from a popular original setting by Fred Bock. Challenging and rewarding.
The bell part is written in block chords and rhythmically easy.
Part of the "Ardis Freeman Handbell Library," this 4-page setting of G.F. Handel's original work is fun through and through. Mallets are used for all ringers for the entire piece - including clicking the mallet sticks together! The back page contains the bells used chart, 2 bell assignment options, a warm-up exercise applicable to the piece, and helpful performance notes.
At 51 measures, this lively, upbeat setting of the popular tune by George F. Handel would fit perfectly in a quick moment during Advent or Christmas worship.
Looking for a piece that can be memorized and played anywhere because no tables are needed? Look no further than this unique arrangement that wonderfully combines "Joy to the World" and "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."
Created with the beginning choir in mind, these are readily accessible arrangements of Christmas favorites for for 2- or 3-octave choirs. The eight titles are a blend of sacred and secular favorites. Titles include, "Jingle Bells, The First Noel, Deck the Halls, O Christmas Tree, Infant Holy, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and Good Christian Friends Rejoice."
Based on the traditional carol "We Three Kings," this setting resembles a gourmet meal with just the right amount of spicy techniques complementing rhythmic motives, and optional percussion parts. The structure is light to begin with and then grows more intense as the piece progresses.
A sure winner! A 3 octave arrangement with 4 opt. notes C3, F3, G3 and C7.
Based on a choral piece of the same name, this arrangement is continually moving because of the delightful snare drum.
This accessible setting of the beloved carol is enhanced by rich harmonic treatment and the use of optional violin.
A straightforward, chordal arrangement of the 16th Century melody. Ideal for Advent.
A simple, quiet setting of the traditional tune, "Es ist ein Ros'."
A phrase from "O Come O Come Emmanuel", scored for bells and optional handchimes (14-D5 to C6), introduces this arrangement of the lovely advent carol. Fresh harmonies, rhythmic motifs, open and thick textures, chimes and bells on melody, and the pure rung sound of bells set this arrangement apart from the others.
Gentle and rhythmically easy. Simple melody.
This arrangement of the traditional Irish melody has distinct sections, which make it ideal for using as a hymn introduction with interludes between the stanzas and a coda.
Traditional Irish melody and 13th century plainchant join hands in this sweet arrangement by one of handbells premiere composers. The flute lends its graceful character and adds to the atmosphere. Medley of "Love Came Down at Christmas" and "Of the Father's Love Gegotten".
Five beloved cradle carols (Silent Night, Away in a Manger, Jesus Jesus Rest Your Head, O Jesulein Suss, and Cradle Song) are woven lovingly together in a touching medley especially suited to Christmas Eve programming.
This setting of the Austrian carol is a nice contrast to the other popular manger carols. Nine chimes in the 2-octave range ring a middle-section melody line accompanied by rocking accompaniment. This is a good work out for sensitive ringing.
Arranger Hart Morris departs from his bouncy-rhythmic style to pen this delightful arrangement on the MUELLER and CRADLE SONG tunes for "Away in a Manger." The optional flute part plays a running, eighth-note accompaniment to the tunes throughout most of the piece.
Add a special sparkle to your Christmas season with this tribute to the newborn babe!
"Silent Night, Away in a Manger" and "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" are the three carols upon which this arrangement is based. Gentle rhythms, melody in various registers, LV technique and tempo flucuations all combine in this reflection of Christ's birth.
Three Christmas carols, Is Dawning Rejoice!" make up this trilogy" centering on the manger of the Christ child. The organ take the tune in the first section against full dotted-quarter chords.
Each stanza is treated differently - 1st is simple and chordal; 2nd uses a running figure; and the 3rd modulates returning to the use of large chords.
Marked 2 -3 octaves, but the only third octave bells called for are C4 and F4.
2 octaves of optional handchimes add tenderness to this setting of the traditional spiritual along with "Sweet Little Jesus Boy". The chimes take the melody supported by sustained chords using the echo technique. Some bell changes occur.
An easy bell arrangement of an original composition for voice in the style of the spiritual.
The modality of the traditional tune is emphasized by this sensitive, meditative arrangement.
The extended carol fantasy incorporates: "Good Christian Men, Rejoice, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, First Noel" and others. Opt. C instruments are Flute and Oboe or other C instruments.
This appealing noel is based on a French carol of historic usage by such composers as Daquin and Balbastre.
The first stanza is a simple statment of "The First Noel" followed by "Good Christian Friends.." which uses mallets and/or the PL techniques.
Based on "Noel Nouvelet and God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" this 65 measured arrangement is written for 3 octaves of bells, optional hand chimes (C5-D6), optional soprano recorder and percussion (finger cymbals or triangle, tambourine or hand drum).
Are you looking for that "extra" Christmas number that easy to learn, is fully-scored, and equally playable at church, concert, or in the mall? This one may fit your bill. Easy rhythms and full textures keep ringers interested. The final section has some eighth-note, chordal runs which may require additional practice. A good resource arrangement.
Paul Manz's improvisation on the German carol IN DULCI JUBILO is here transcribed for 3,4 or 5 octaves of bells in two settings by Martha Lynn Thompson.
Interesting arrangements for beginning ringers are found in this Ardis Freeman handbell library. "O Come, All Ye Faithful", the traditional carol, uses block chords with enough to keep everyone busy. Crescendos and diminuendos in the music afford a good work out on expressiveness.
This bright Christmas piece is designed to fill the need for easy titles to be played by 3, 4 and 5-octave ensembles.
13 optional handchimes, ranging from C5 to A6, are scored on a mid-register melody in the latter half of this arrangement of the well-known carol.
This simple, but interesting arrangement is based on ADESTE FIDELES and W ZLOBIE LEZY. The texture is chordal until measure 32 where an alternating, quarter-note pattern is set up in the accompaniment. Periodically, mallets on suspended bells are called for.
An easy arrangement of the traditional German Carol.
More and more young ringer's and youth choirs are expanding to five octaves. This arrangement of the traditional German carol would suit that group quiet well.
Like a Piper calling the children to follow and a drum marking the cadence of their feet, the optional flute and drum add to the story of this sweet Christmas carol. This level two setting is very accessible and shows the versatility of Hart Morris arranging skills. The piece 49 measures long and keeps the interest of all the ringers in the music.
"Of the Father's Love Begotten" is a quiet, beautiful setting of the 13th century plainsong, Divinum Mysterium, arranged for 3-5 octave handbell choir. This lovely piece will be a meaningful addition to the Advent service.
Looking for something to freshen up on your congregational singing at Christmas? Check out this versatile carol setting. It includes an optional 45-measure prelude, an introduction to the hymn with accompaniment to congregational singing that may also be played by bells only. Or you can do the entire arrangement as a bell score.
An easy arrangement of this Christmas favorite.
Bells play a simplified arpeggiated accompaniment and the melody can be played on chimes or a C instrument.
An easy, interesting arrangement. Several key changes. Begins and ends quietly.
Introduction - traditional 1st stanza and nice harmony on 2nd stanza.
A legato textured bass melody begins this arrangement. As the melody moves into the treble, the music is filled with rich chords then quietly closes.
This tender rendering of the familiar Christmas favorite will offer a quiet, meditative addition to any holiday concert or worship service.
This setting of the favorite Christmas carol is set in a straightforward fashion, yet with enough complexity of harmony to generate a steady interest. Changes in tempo and key add to the color of the mood.
This arrangement sets the well-known Christmas hymn tune ST. LOUIS to a lush, jazz-like accompaniment.
This title is a medley of "Silent Night and Still Still Still".
A short, quiet arrangement which suggests use of chimes on melodic passages. Chordal. L V, TD.
This short, relaxed Christmas selection moves through several modulations to provide a useful change of pace. Arranged for 2 octaves and 3 octaves.
Two octaves of optional chimes add extra charm to this medley of the title tune "Once in Royal David's City" and "Love Came Down at Christmas." The contrasting hymn picks up the harmonic movement a bit before returning to the opening feel.
The newest in the growing line of pieces for combined handbell and handchimes choirs, this is an arrangement of the tune IRBY, useable at any time during the Christmas season.
Cynthia Dobrinski's setting of this lovely carol sets a tranquil mood enhanced by optional 3-6 octave handchimes and a beautiful flute part.
The setting begins with the presentation of an eight measure theme. This theme continues as a counter melody to the hymn tune, weaving its way through the composition in varying octaves.
Short and sweet, this 37-measure setting of the lyrical Christmas carol IRBY includes scoring for optional handchimes, ranging from D5 to D6.
A carol fantasy based on: "Away in a Manger; 1st Nowell; and The Holly and the Ivy" played separately then together at the conclusion. Festive.
Three short variations of the traditional Catalonian carol combine in this folio for 3 octave only. (Translation - no parentheses!) The first variation is chordal with a few martellatos; the second incorporates mallets, mart-lifts, and shakes; and the third adds thumb damps to the mix.
Three traditional carols are combined in this arrangement: "Still, Still, Still," "Away In a Manger" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem."
Poignant, shimmering and harmonically refreshing, this arrangement of "O Holy Night" reflects the deep beauty of Christmas.
A gentle combination of the two tunes "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" and "Silent Night" will make this an excellent piece for worship or concert during the Christmas season.
The innovative arrangement of the hymn tune "Personent Hodie" is ideal for your Christmas season concert or church service.
The good news of Christ's birth is proclaimed with a flourish throughout this arrangement of "Personent Hodie."
Susan Geschke’s fresh treatment of this familiar carol/hymn makes an exciting offering for the Christmas season.
This quiet, gentle setting incorporates How "Far Is It to Bethlehem", another traditional English carol.
This is arranged for handbells, Organ & Orchestra.
The awesome sense of expectation and mystery of that first Christmas night out on the desolate Bethlehem plain is thoughtfully conveyed in a tender work incorporating two immediately recognizable carol tunes.
Use this march at Christmas or as a general concert piece.
Get ready for "the warm fuzzies" (sheep that is) in this tender selection based on "Sheep May Safely Graze" (J.S. Bach), "Away in a Manger" (Kirkpatrick), and "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly" (Polish carol). All these tunes are featured in 54 measures. The work's fabric is open, flowing, and steady in tempo with only two bell changes. A nice selection to challenge a choir toward level III repertoire.
Short, straight forward, rhythmic.
This 23 measure (with optional repeats) processional is in the key of C with no flats or sharps allowing it to be rung without tables. The chordal style with some peal-like eighth-note movement should be easy to memorize.
Two Bb trumpets (optional) open this Christmas setting with an 8-measure fanfare, which is then repeated in the bell score to form the processional pattern.
The two carols in this 3-octave setting can be played individually or as a short medley without a transition between the carols. Both carols are suitable for bells and are lovely on chimes. Titles include: "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence (Picardy)" and "Away in a Manger."
A collection of Christmas music from "Ready to Ring; Begin to Ring; & Clapper Classics". Imagine, all that fine music in one volume!
"Joy to the World," "Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee," and "How Great Our Joy" are combined in this rousing Christmas season medley.
Taking an old tune, "Carol of the Bells," the arranger explores new territory with the harmonic structure making this an interesting addition to Christmas bell literature.
An ostinato bell peal along with the carol, The First Noel, begins this work for 3,4, or 5 octaves and 3 octaves of optional chimes. The melody, I Hear the Bells on Christmas Day, played on chimes then appears sandwhiched in-between accompaniment.
A rather easy collection of eight titles.
Medley containing: "Catalonian Carol, When Christmas Morn is Dawning" & "Good King Wenceslas."
The 2-3 octave version of this five title folio "sold like hotcakes", and with the belief that larger choirs could benefit from this simple format of easy to learn tunes, this 3-5 octave set is introduced. All tunes are only two pages in length with no page turns.
Tasteful use of stopped techniques adds to the charming interplay between two contrasting carol tunes.
"Still, Still, Still", a Czech carol is combined with the title Austrian carol in this gentle setting, which calls for 12 handchimes in the 2-octave range. A rocking accompaniment pattern in the upper register opens the work and leads to the first statement of the tune scored for the chimes. After a key change the texture grows stronger, but soon returns to a tender dynamic and ending.
This lovely arrangement plays like a sweet lullaby, evoking the quiet beauty of the humble scene of Christ's birth.
Plucking and martellato add to the effectiveness of Mr. Wagner's arrangement of a perennial Christmas favorite.
A quiet lullaby with an accompaniment figure below the melody creates an appropriate rocking effect.
The Handel tune “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks” is combined with the “Gloria” chorus from “Angels We Have Heard on High” in this joyful arrangement by Bill Ingram.
A simple arrangement of a well-loved hymn using a wide range of bells and choirchimes, if available.
A simple, easy arrangement of the ever popular Christmas tune.
A grand arrangement of this Christmas favorite. Harmonically very close to that in the hymnal.
Adding a few 9th and 7th chords to a gentle piece gives this arrangment a new character.
Tenderness and delicate intimacies are the hallmark of this arrangement. LV passages create pools of sound into which the "fragile" malletted notes drop and ripple!
The German carol STILLE NACHT was first written for voices and guitar â" only because the organ broke down and there was no other choice! This versatile setting of that carol includes a part for optional guitar along with organ 3-5 octaves of handbells, optional SATB choir, congregation and flute. May be performed with bells or choir/congregation in any combination to fit your resources.
Mallets on suspended bells are scored throughout this arrangement of Franz Gruber's famous carol.
Flexibility is offered in this setting of the beloved Christmas carol by Franz Gruber. It may be rung as a stand-alone piece in its entirety or as an accompaniment to choral or congregational singing.
Developing choirs can bring “Silent Night” into their church and concert repertoire with this full-sounding setting of the familiar carol.
The new harmonic structure of this arrangement is in keeping with the mood of the traditional tune.
A calm effect is achieved in the beginning section of this arrangement by the emphasis given to the bass bells.
33 measures with repeats and no page turns make this setting of the favorite carol idea for young ringers learning to count in 6/4.
After a tender introduction of 26 measures, the congregation may join with the handbell choir and sing the carol (repeats are built in for multiple verses). After the singing a final section, which includes harmonic changes, ends the setting.
The first 2/3rds of this carol arrangement of STILLE NACHT is light and transparent, but then begins to build in intensity toward climax in measure 71 before "floating" back down to a piano ending in measure 82. A good lenghth for Christmas Eve services, the score includes an optional repeat (as needed) and an optional ending.
An arrangement of the popular Christmas tune for 3 octaves with 4 optional bass notes of the 4th and 5th octaves.
The popular Noel Nouvelet is now set for level II in a big sounding piece including staccato technique and fully-scored chords. Two complete texts are included: Now the Green blade Riseth and Sing We Now of Christmas.
Jason Krug makes liberal use of the singing bell technique in this beautiful arrangement of “Silent Night.” A perfect finale for a candlelit Christmas Eve service.
"Cradled among oxen mild, sleep, sleep, sleep thou little Child..." the lyrics of this French carol are included for reference.
A fine arrangement of the beautiful French carol. Requires control to obtain a quiet mood.
This totally delightful and entertaining original composition has a beguiling melody. It is a perfect choice for your winter concert program.
Lowell Everson's setting of the traditional Eglish carol is here arranged for 3, 4, or 5 octaves of bells and optional handchimes. The snowy mood is set by use of lilting rhythms in 6/8 and 3/4 time, a section of chimes on the melody, and a free-form passage in contrasting 4/4 meter.
This title is a medley of "Away in the Manger" & "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly".
Arranger Valarie Stephenson uses different techniques and textures to emphasize the Christmas carols used in her handbell quartet.
Scored entirely in F Major with only one simple E4/E6 change, three rousing spirituals each relate their own account of the blessed birth.
"Go Tell It on the Mountain," "The Little Cradle Rocks Tonight in Glory" and "Mary Had a Baby" are the three traditional spirituals included in this medley. Textures range from soft and gentle to full and strong. Various techniques are applied to achieve contrasting effects.
Inspired counterpoint involving two modally similar themes results in an exceptionally refreshing treatment of "We Three Kings."
"Stille, Stille, Stille", arranged for 3-5 octave handbell choir with optional handchimes, is a beautiful, quiet setting of the familiar German carol. It is appropriate for the entire Christmas season and is a perfect choice for Christmas Eve services.
William Moats crafted this well-known carol into a great choice for developing ringers.
The lovely "Austrian" carol is the basis and the unifying factor in this fine arrangement. Also included is: "St Louis" and Murray's "Away in the Manger."
The text of the lovely Austrian carol is sung over a flowing handbell accompaniment in this arrangement. 48 measures in length.
Ready to move your choir from level 2 repertoire to level 3? This level 2+ should prove just enough challenge, without discouragement! The title carol is combined with "Away in a Manger" (Murray) is a gentle tempo with occasional bell and key changes.
A versatile arrangement of the favorite Austrian carol, set for bells and piano (or for a beautiful change, bells and harp).
Gentle and serene, this setting of the Austrian carol includes a part for optional 3-4 octaves of handchimes. The bell score is for 4-5 octaves, which means 4 octave choirs will not have to navigate parentheses!
This lovely setting of the German carol uses suspended mallets and wonderful harmonies to capture the mood of a traditional favorite.
This 24-page folio is stuffed with 16, easy-to-prepare "goodies" for the Christmas/Advent season. Whether you have 3 ringers or a full 5 octave choir, there's something to ring for all those "extras" of this time of year.
Philip Young’s arrangement of the traditional English carol is a fun, sprightly offering for the choir looking for something different for its holiday offering.
The carol from Horsham, Sussex in England is here set for 4,5 or 6 octaves of bells. It begins simply with the melody and is soon joined by a second line in imitation. This leads to a chordal rendition. These two textures take turns until a slower, full chordal section ends the work.
This collection of ten Christmas hymn introductions provides an opportunity to incorporate handbells into congregational hymn singing during the Christmas season. Titles included are: "Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Come All Ye Faithful, Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming, Away in a Manger, Silent Night, We Three Kings, O Little Town of Bethlehem, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Angels from the Realms of Glory, and Joy to the World."
"It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, That Glorious Song of Old", begins the familiar carol on which this arrangement for bells and optional cello is based. The carol is set in 3/4 meter, however this setting augments the melody by expanding to 4/4 time with arpeggiated, flowing accompaniment.
This arrangement of the Christmas favorite stays close to the original true.
The carols,arranged individually, are "Infant Holy, Infant Lowly; A 15th Century French Carol; and O Come All Ye Faithful" .
3 lovely, ethnic carols, "Angels From Heaven; Only a Manger Bed; & Praise to Jesus, Our Salvation" are used in this collection. Perform each separately or as a suite.
Drag out your "Oxford Book of Carols" and see if you can identify all the British carol tunes incorporated into this 109-measures arrangement. Very few articulations are called for, allowing ringers to focus in on ringing and damping. Because this is written for 3 or 4 octaves (no 5th octave), ringers encounter fewer ( ) making for a smoother read.
Themes from the Christmas portion of Handel's masterwork are seamlessly arranged in a festive and dignified setting, suitable for worship or concert presentation.
The original 3 octave handbell arrangement of this Victor Herbert classic was published in 1983. It has now been expanded to include 3 to 5 octaves of handbells and 3 or 4 octaves of handchimes. The lilting, nostalgic arrangement of this timeless holiday standard is sure to be a concert favorite.
Ten measures of cantabile accompaniment pattern set up the melody for this Native American carol. The melody first appears in octaves in the lower registers with the beginning pattern continuing up above. A slower section follows using staccato technique.
Optional hand drum and sleigh bells accompany this fully-scored arrangement of the Huron Carol. Tall chords in open spacing keep all ringers busy. Equally playable by 3, 4 or 5 octaves with performance notes for each octave.
This Christmas selection is based on a French Folk Melody of the 16th century. Legato ringing is scored in the opening section, while staccato technique characterizes the second section. Later, triplet figures dominate. 52 measures in length.
This is an easy level 2 for your three or five octave handbell choir based on the popular French folk song.
The French tune, UNE JEUNE PUCELLE, has been arranged with several handbell techniques, and is accompanied by chime tree, finger cymbals, and tambourine.
"Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "Coventry Carol" (or "Lullay, Thou Little Tiny Child") are the time-honored carols contained in this folio.
"O Little Town of Bethlehem and Good Christian Friends, Rejoice" are the two contrasting carols featured in this folio. The first in gently rung with the smoothness the LV technique imparts; the second is in a sprightly 6/8 meter. Each setting has suggested organ settings. 45 and 74 measures in length respectively. (The organ part is included in this folio.)
Optional percussion - hand drum or tambourine - lends its special flavor to "Pat-a-Pan," a Burgundian carol, and the Catalonian carol "Fum, Fum, Fum."
A avante-garde arrangement of 2 tunes, "Tempus Adest Floridum & The Holly and the Ivy." Rhythmically easy inspite of the appearance of the 1st 10 measures.
Thorough performance notes are given for both selections in this folio: Christmas Greetings and African Noel. Both work well with bells or chimes or both and give score for optional percussion and chorus.
Including lovely and accessible arrangements of "Once in Royal David's City" and "Angels from the Realms of Glory," this piece is a great value for your Christmas programs.
This easy arrangement of the traditional carol is printed in 2 versions; a 3 octave edition is on one side and a 4 octave edition is on the other.
The fantastic response to Volume I (S9099) has resulted in Volume II. Each title on 2 facing pages eliminates page turns. It is loose leaf, so arrange the selections in any order. Easy to learn. Play arrangements as written or use just the provided chord structures.
Get your beginning choir off to a good start with this easy arrangement of the Christmas favorite which uses only whole, half, quarter and eighth notes.
Round out your Christmas program or concert with this bright arrangement of the favorite Yuletide song. 3 octaves of bells work well.
Natural sounds of bells and chimes are prominently displayed with much use of LV in this resplendent presentation of "The Birthday of a King;" "Away in a Manger;" and "Silent Night, Holy Night."
Two variations on a lovely tune each one differing not only in development but also in bell techniques used (PL & Sk).
A light and lilting arrangement of this wonderful Christmas tune. More on the easy side than medium.
Perfect for everyone’s Christmas concert, "Very Merry Christmas" combines “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Jingle Bells,” and “The Wassail Song”.
The arranger of this West Indian Carol has marked this setting "Island flavored." This is accomplished by the various special effects, such as mallets, martellatos, and shakes; and the dancing, syncopated rhythms that permeate the accompaniment.
Always imaginative, Valerie Stephenson has crafted a charming, lilting waltz. Rich harmonies with melodies that take unexpected directions make this composition interesting and rewarding for ringers and audience members alike.
This arrangement of the popular tune from the movie “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” captures the joy of the people of Who-ville.
The master melody writer, Natalie Sleeth, originally composed this captivating Christmas selection in a unison/two-part setting. It is now available in a variety of formats, including SSA, SAB, and 2PT/Unison, with piano or 3-5 octave handbell accompaniment. (There is also an SATB version, but it is not compatible with the handbell accompaniment.)
An arrangement with linear movement using the tune traditionally associated with "Angels We Have Heard on High" (Westminster).
An ideal piece for the beginning 3 octave choir. Chordally arranged with no rhythm problems.
Mallets and plucking are featured techniques of this Christmas selection. The music has a quiet beginning and ending and each stanza is arranged differently.
An easy arrangement of the traditional Christmas tune. The arranger uses block chords in half and quarter notes. The few 8ths notes present little difficulty. Recommended for the less experienced choir.
Generally very chordal. Incorporates "Good Christian Men, Rejoice" in the middle section. Wide use of mallets.
Interesting arrangements for beginning ringers are found in this Ardis Freeman handbell library. "We Three Kings" provides a good challenge for playing in a minor key, counting in 6/4 time and executing crescendos and diminuendos.
Using the optional percussion,Wind chimes, suspended Cymbal, Tambourine, Timpani, Finger cymbals and Triangle, will add to the enjoyment of this classic Christmas offering. Mr. Sherman has capured the mood of the events surrounding Jesus's birth.
Open-spaced chords, built in octaves and fourths, open this arrangement of the wise men's carol, originally written as a piano solo by the late Fred Bock. Seven optional chimes (from D5 to C6) enter in a later, more fluid section. Full chords round out the final passages and end on a pianissimo dynamic.
An eight-measure introduction to this setting of the popular carol, invokes a middle-eastern feel - from atop a camel! All sorts of techniques, from thumb damps and plucks to echo, adorn the score, further enhancing the mood. The melody appears in upper and lower bell registers.
Mark Hayes is well-known for his arrangements for piano (among other genres), and transcriber Jefferey Hall felt this title would work well for the bell idiom. The musical fabric is open and airy, moderately slow, and full of pulsing, eighth-note rhythmic motifs.
We Three Kings (sub-titled "With Attitude!) is a delightful romp through the carol tune KINGS OF THE ORIENT arranged for 3-5 octaves of handbells by Valerie Stephenson. Two mallets per ringer will be needed.
A short fanfare sets up the entrance of the melody in the top bells, which moves to the inner bells on the second phrase and back again to the top on the third. The refrain is marked by a pulsing eighth-note rhythm much like a drum.
This short, lively arrangement is a grand conclusion for your Christmas Concert.
Lyrics from the chorus of this classic Christmas farewell are printed right into the score to allow ringers to sing-a-long if so desired.
Conclude your Christmas program with this easy arrangement of the traditional tune.
This lively arrangement of a traditional Irish tune is a delightful addition to bell literature because of the sprightly melody, harmonic structure and various techniques.
A quiet, extended introduction begins this sensitive treatment of the beloved carol.
Rhythmically easy, this arrangement is ideal for the less experienced choir. Ringing techniques plus optional use of harp or piano create heightened interest for both ringer and listener.
"What Is This Lovely Fragrance?" is a setting of the traditional French carol for handbells or handchimes.
Five handchimes, ranging from C5 - G5, add to the fun of this traditonal spiritual arrangment. They enter on the second statement of the tune, in the mid-range, and are surrounded by undulating treble accompaniment scored with the LV technique. Short and sweet, this piece totals 30 measures.
Gentle, flowing textures support the melody in this exquisite arrangement of Craig Courtney's original work. Optional C instrument (flute/violin) adds to the serene mood, and a separate part is included for it in the handbell octavo.
A four octave arrangement of the traditional Christmas song. Echo part is scored for optional 2 octave choir.
The composer uses a tune not as well known as the one usually associated with this title. Melody in the bass on 1st stanza.