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II. SONG WITHOUT WORDS (FROM THE SECOND SUITE IN F) - Gustav Holst/trans. Scott Pfitzinger - 3-5 octave handbells with optional 3-6 octave handchimes - Level III
A slow, beautiful song that's sure to touch the hearts of your audience. If you have the necessary chimes, you can play it as written, mostly on chimes, but with the melody on bells. It also works fine on all bells.
SECOND SUITE IN F - Gustav Holst/trans. Scott Pfitzinger - 3-7 octave handbells with optional 3-6 octave handchimes - Levels III-V
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.
I. MARCH (FROM THE SECOND SUITE IN F) - Gustav Holst/trans. Scott Pfitzinger - 3-7 octave handbells with optional 3 octave handchimes - Level V
A variety of techniques, crossing bell/chime lines, and fun 6/8 middle section make this march a challenge to play, but the fun makes it all worthwhile.
MINUTE WALTZ - Frederic Chopin/trans. Scott Pfitzinger - 3-7 octave handbells - Level IV
Chopin's "Minute Waltz" is a favorite classical piano piece and is only "minute" because it is small. Handbell ensembles are welcome to take this at any tempo they choose, without pressure that it should take only one minute to play.
LARGHETTO (FROM SINFONIA NO. 11) - Georg Benda/arr. Scott Pfitzinger - 3-5 octave handbells - Level III
Georg (Jiri) Benda was a Czech composer known for writing operas and melodramas. This is a transcription of the second movement of his Sinfonia #11, capturing the sounds and colors of the original. Although the notation may make it look fast, this was the slow movement of his sinfonia. It should be played lightly and only quick enough to keep it fun.
AVE VERUM CORPUS - Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart/arr. Scott Pfitzinger - 2 octave handbells with 3-5 octave handchimes (or 3-5 octave handbells) - Level III
This simple and reverent Eucharistic hymn by Mozart, originally for SATB choir, strings, and organ, is designed to allow the melody to shine on bells while the accompaniment is played on chimes. However, it can be played on all bells or chimes if desired. While particularly effective in a worship service or mass, this piece can also add a touch of simple elegance and reverence to a concert.