Chorale: "Es danke, Gott, und lobe dich" (BWV 69 No 6) for Handchimes & Strings

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Percussion • Violin (2) • Viola • Cello
Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (Praise the Lord, my soul), BWV 69a, is a church cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach. He composed it in 1723 in Leipzig for the twelfth Sunday after Trinity and first performed it on 15 August 1723. It is part of his first annual cycle of cantatas. Bach wrote the cantata in his first year in Leipzig, which he had started after Trinity of 1723, for the Twelfth Sunday af…

There are Many Roads (for Handbells)

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I wrote this for Cyber Village Academy's first high school graduating class (of which I am not a part). It was inspired by this poem -- Many paths lead from The foot of the mountain But at the peak We all gaze at the Single bright moon --Ikkyu On the subject of many paths, I mainly used horizontal polyphony in writing this piece, only introducing deliberate vertical harmony on the second page…

Baroque Trill Styles Chart

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The trill (or shake, as it was known from the 16th until the 19th century) is a musical ornament consisting of a rapid alternation between two adjacent notes, usually a semitone or tone apart, which can be identified with the context of the trill. It is sometimes referred to by the German triller, the Italian trillo, the French trille or the Spanish trino. A cadential trill is a trill associated …

"Up from the Grave He Arose!" (UMH # 322) for Children's Handbell Choir

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The gospel tune "Up from the Grave He Arose!" was written by Robert Lowery in 1874 and captures well the drama of Christ's resurrection with the ascending ("rocket") figures in the refrain. Undoubtedly, the refrain line has greatly enhanced this hymn's popularity. Sing in harmony with crisp rhythms and marcato accompaniment on the refrain. After the final stanza hold back the tempo on the last li…

How to create a "Handbells Used" Chart using MuseScore 1.x

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Many folks have asked me how to create the "Handbells Used" and "Handchimes Used" charts at the beginning of my Handbell scores. I created this short tutorial of "hacks" to allow MuseScore version 1.x to support this feature. I reference my plugin named "Count Bells" (available at: using a plug-in such and my “Count Bells” plugin available at: howev…

"Silver Bells" for English Handbells

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Percussion (2)
"Silver Bells" is a classic Christmas song, composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. It was first performed by Bob Hope and Marilyn Maxwell in the motion picture The Lemon Drop Kid, filmed in July–August 1950 and released in March 1951. The first recorded version was by Bing Crosby and Carol Richards, released by Decca Records in October 1950. After the Crosby and Richards recording became popul…

"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" for Children's Handbell Choir

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"We Wish You a Merry Christmas" is a popular sixteenth-century English carol from the West Country of England. The origin of this Christmas carol lies in the English tradition wherein wealthy people of the community gave Christmas treats to the carolers on Christmas Eve, such as figgy puddings that were very much like modern day Christmas puddings. It is one of the few English traditional carols …

"Ring, Christmas Bells" for Handbells, Handchimes & Choir (SATB)

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Voice (4) • Percussion (3)
"Carol of the Bells" is a choral miniature work composed by the Ukrainian Mykola Leontovych. Leontovych's composition, is characterised by the use of a four note motif as an ostinato figure throughout the work. This ostinato figure is an ancient pagan Ukrainian New Year's (originally celebrated in April) magical chant known in Ukrainian as "Shchedryk" [the Generous One]. I created this arrangemen…

"Away in a Manger" (UMH # 217) for Children's Handbell Choir

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"Away in a Manger" is a Christmas carol first published in the late nineteenth century and used widely throughout the English-speaking world. I created this simplified arrangement from the United Methodish Hymnal (No. 217) for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC) in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The piece covers a single octave and is is octave-doubled for each member of the Children's H…

"Blessed Assurance" (UMH # 369) for Children's Handbell Choir

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"Blessed Assurance" is a well-known Christian hymn. The lyrics were written in 1873 by blind hymn writer Fanny J. Crosby to the music written in 1873 by Phoebe P. Knapp. The popular song reflects Crosby's walk of faith, as expressed by the Apostle Paul in Philippians 1:21, "For me, to live is Christ and to die is gain."Because of Crosby's lyrics, the tune is now called "Assurance." I created t…

"Jesus Loves Me" (UMC Hymn # 191) for Children's Handbell Choir

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"Jesus Loves Me" is a Christian hymn written by Anna Bartlett Warner (1827–1915). The lyrics first appeared as a poem in the context of an 1860 novel called Say and Seal, written by her older sister Susan Warner (1819–1885), in which the words were spoken as a comforting poem to a dying child. The tune was added in 1862 by William Batchelder Bradbury (1816–1868). Along with his tune, Bradbury add…

"Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" (UMH Hymn # 89) for Children's Handbell Choir

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Henry J. Van Dyke wrote this hymn while stay­ing at the home of Har­ry A. Gar­field at Wil­liams Col­lege, Mass­a­chu­setts. It was first pub­lished in the Pres­by­ter­i­an Hymn­al in 1911. It al­so ap­peared in the Po­ems of Hen­ry van Dyke, 1911. The hymn is sung to the Hymn to Joy, from the 9th Sym­pho­ny of Lud­wig van Beet­ho­ven; adapt­ed by Ed­ward Hodg­es, 1824. I created this simplifi…

"Morning Has Broken" (UMH # 145) for Children's Handbell Choir

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"Gaelic Melody" (aka 'Morning Has Broken' or 'Praise and Thanksgiving') is a popular and well-known Christian hymn first published in 1931. It has words by English author Eleanor Farjeon and is set to a traditional Scottish Gaelic tune known as "Bunessan" (it shares this tune with the 19th century Christmas Carol "Child in the Manger"). It is often sung in children's services. I created this…

"O Little Town of Bethlehem" (UMH # 230) for Children's Handbell Choir

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"O Little Town of Bethlehem" is a popular Christmas carol. The text was written by Phillips Brooks (1835–1893), an Episcopal priest, Rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity, Philadelphia. I created this simplified arrangement from the United Methodish Hymnal (No. 230) for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC) in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The piece covers a single octave and is is octa…

Handbell/Handchime Octave Reference Table

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Percussion (2)
Handbell & Handchime Octave Numbering Reference Table for Handbell Composers/Arrangers. Note: Handbells and hand chimes are deliberately
 transposed and sound one (1) octave higher than their 
displayed pitch (e.g., MuseScore Middle C4 is the
same as the Handbell/Chime C5).

"Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" for Piano, Organ, English Handbells and Choir

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Voice (4) • Percussion (2) • Piano • Organ
"Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" music is from the second chorus of a cantata by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) written in 1840 to commemorate Johann Gutenberg and the invention of printing. The words are from a hundred years earlier, written in 1739 by Charles Wesley whose brother, John, Wesley founded the Methodist Church. My arrangement for Piano, Organ, English Handbells and Choir is an ensem…

"Here I Am, Lord" for English Handbells

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Percussion (2)
"Here I Am, Lord" is a hymn composed by Dan Schutte in 1981 after Vatican Council II. Its words are based on Isaiah 6:8 and 1 Samuel 3. This Catholic hymn is often sung in the United Methodist worship services as well, particularly services that are contemporary rather than traditional in structure and format. I created this arrangement for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC) …

"Jesus Loves Me" (UMC Hymn # 191) for Children's Handbell/Handchime Choir

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The Sierra Vista United Methodist Church started a beginning Handbell/Handchime choir this year. In an effort to produce a simplified version of a hymn that could be orchestrated by beginners, I created this simplified arrangement of the Hymn "Jesus Loves Me" (UMC Hymn # 191) for single-note, double octave Handbells/Handchimes. "Jesus Loves Me" is a Christian hymn written by Anna Bartlett Warn…

"America the Beautiful" (UMH 696) for Handbells (Complete Version)

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This is the complete version of my English Handbell arrangement for the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church (SVUMC) from "America the Beautiful" (UMH # 696) an American patriotic song. I have adapted the UMH # 696 version, consolidating the voices as well as adding musical interest. The original lyrics (although not included in this arrangement) to this beautiful song were written by Kat…


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Handbell piece composed during a trip to Denver, Colorado, inspired by the turning of the aspen leaves in fall.