"Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" (UMH # 89) for English Handbells


About this sheet music

I created this quick and simple arrangement of the "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" (UMH Hymnal # 89) for English Handbells to support an introit at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC).

"Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee" is a poem written by Henry van Dyke in 1907 with the intention of musically setting it to the famous "Ode to Joy" melody of the final movement of Ludwig van Beethoven's final symphony, Symphony No. 9.

Van Dyke wrote this poem in 1907 while staying at the home of Williams College president Harry Augustus Garfield. He was serving as a guest preacher at Williams at the time. He told his host that the local Berkshire Mountains had been his inspiration. The lyrics were first published in 1911 in Van Dyke's Book of Poems, Third Edition.

This piece is best played using the "HandBells.sf2" Soundfont by FMJ Software (http://www.fmjsoft.com/siframe.html).

Tags: Hymn

Comments (3)

pdav1's picture

Simple and easy! Great job! I hear (in my mind of course) a easy chord progression at the beginning as an introduction.

Mike Magatagan's picture

Thanks! It was quick down and dirty but it served well for a last minute introit!

Mike Magatagan's picture

Please click on the "VideoScore" link to the right to hear an accurate sound representation of the piece. MuseScore currently does not replicate the English Handbells soundfont correctly on the online site.

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Uploaded Oct 1, 2012
Pages 1
Duration 0:32
Measures 17
Key signature 1 sharp
Parts 2
Part names
  • Percussion (2)
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