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UNTIL THE DAY BREATHES AND THE SHADOWS FLEE (PRAYER FOR THE HOLOCAUST) - Derek Hakes - 5 or 7 octave handchimes (or handbells) with handbell tree and optional cello - Level III
Subtitled "Prayer for the Holocaust", this ethereal and emotive original work bears the following dedication: "Written for the city of Carmel, Indiana, Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony - 'Legacies of Justice' April 24, 2006." Originally written for handbell solo with piano (see Related Products below), this piece has been expanded for 5 or 7 octave handbell or handchime choir and optional cello.
BEAUTIFUL SAVIOR - arr. F. Melius Christiansen/revised O.C. Christiansen/adapt. Megan Reishus - handbell quartet
THE COVENTRY CAROL - English Traditional/arr. DWMorgan - brass quartet - Level 3
A Level 3 arrangement for an Advent or Christmas Worship musical offering. This arrangement is not technically challenging, but will require all performers to carry the melody and balance the ensemble. The arrangement is in Bb concert and is accessible for worship offerings and school or community groups.
MASTERS IN THIS HALL - French Traditional/arr. DWMorgan - brass quartet - Level 4
A Level 4 arrangement for an Advent or Christmas Worship musical offering. This arrangement presents technical and range challenges, most notably playing a 2 against 3 pattern and range in the 1st trumpet and horn. Due to the horn range, there is not a trombone substitute for this part. The arrangement is in F minor but moves between F minor and F major with the use of accidentals. This arrangement is accessible to worship, school or community groups.
ONCE IN ROYAL DAVID'S CITY - Henry J. Gauntlett/arr. Scott Pfitzinger - 3-6 octave handbells - Level IV
This Christmas hymn was originally written to explain part of the Apostles' Creed about the birth of Jesus. Arranged for 3-6 octaves of handbells, this arrangement begins very traditionally, but quickly morphs into a jazzy, rhythmic setting that, while not swung, is definitely syncopated. Two key changes keep the momentum building all the way to the end. Definitely a crowd pleaser for any Christmas concert.
THE HANDBELL COMPENDIUM - Michael Jedamzik
The Handbell Compendium covers various aspects of handbells. You may download this book legally here for free.
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.