Second Suite in F: III. Song of the Blacksmith (4-5 octaves handbells)


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III. “SONG OF THE BLACKSMITH” (FROM THE SECOND SUITE IN F) – Gustav Holst/trans. Scott Pfitzinger – 4-5 octaves handbells – Level IV

A short, quick, slightly dissonant piece that featured an actual anvil in the original version. A C8 substitutes, but any metallic anvil sound can be used if necessary. It’s a big crescendo that ends with a most triumphant Picardy third.

One of Gustav Holst’s most famous compositions, the Second Suite in F for Military Band is a staple of college and high school symphonic bands. This transcription carefully re-creates the sounds, colors, textures, and moods of the original using only bells and optional chimes, with no other instruments. Each movement is a gem, and together they are a real treasure, sure to please any audience.





Handbell Choir: Octaves

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