"Silver Bells" for English Handbells, Horn & Piano

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Percussion (2) • French Horn • Piano

"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…

"Kum Ba Yah" (Come By Here UMC Hymn # 494) for Children's Handbell/Handchime Choir

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Percussion

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 "Kum Ba Yah" (Come By Here) UMC Hymn # 494) for single-note, double octave Handbells/Handchimes.

There are Many Roads (for Handbells)

1 part2 pages01:101 year430 views
Piano

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 --

Baroque Trill Styles Chart

1 part2 pages00:365 years21,523 views
Piano

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…

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

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Percussion

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…

"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…

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

1 part1 page00:482 years3,492 views
Percussion

"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…

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

7 parts4 pages01:312 years3,483 views
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…

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

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Percussion

"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."

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

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Percussion

"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…

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

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Percussion

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.

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

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Percussion

"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.

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

9 parts13 pages03:345 years5,426 views
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.