Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2017 22 February, 2017
recommended by Jennifer F., Handbell Music Specialist
Resurrection! arr. Lloyd Larson
Celebrate the joy of Christ’s resurrection with this outstanding medley of Easter tunes. The handbell arrangement can stand on its own or the optional brass and organ parts can be added for a more dramatic presentation. This selection is perfect for showcasing your bell ensemble on Easter Sunday and makes a dazzling inclusion in spring handbell festivals.
Easter Hymn arr. Patricia Hurlbutt
Easter Hymn begins simply, with melody and fragments of it leading to the statement of the tune. An interlude generates excitement, culminating in a grand and triumphant presentation of the powerful resurrection hymn.
Shadows of the Cross arr. Dan R. Edwards
Contrasting dynamic levels, innovative harmonies, and various techniques characterize this masterful Dan Edwards arrangement. Particularly effective for Lent and Holy Week services, this dramatic work conveys the emotions of those who stood in the shadows of the cross.
The Cross of Gethsemane arr. Sharon Elery Rogers
Sharon Elery Rogers combined “Go to Dark Gethsemane” and “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” for this evocative setting that will enhance any Lenten worship service. To make bell changes smooth and effortless, the director may want to spread the assignments of the many accidentals throughout the choir.
The Old Rugged Cross arr. Lloyd Larson
Simultaneously traditional and modern, Lloyd Larson’s arrangement of this beloved hymn is sure to become a favorite of your congregation. A gentle accompaniment underscores the melody, while occasional and often unexpected chromatics sneak in to provide a fresh take on the tune. A simple but stunning selection for worship!
God So Loved the World arr. Anna Laura Page
Anna Laura Page has created a striking arrangement which pairs John Stainer’s “God So Loved the World” with Handel’s “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” This wonderful setting is perfect for Lent or general occasions and is accessible to most ensembles.
When I Survey the Wondrous Cross arr. Lloyd Larson
This Lenten hymn reflection combines piano with 3-5 octave handbells in a powerful back-and-forth dialogue between the two instruments. This is the second setting from Lloyd for piano and bells following his best-selling “Now Thank We All Our God.”
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About the Author:
Jennifer F. is a graduate of Otterbein College with a degree in Vocal Performance. She has worked at Stanton’s for over 14 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is a soprano section leader in the Chancel Choir at First Community Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.