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This Joyful Eastertide: Handbell Music for Lent & Easter 2019 Friday, February 15, 2019

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This Joyful Eastertide arr. Terry Osman, Level 2
This seventeenth-century Dutch folk song has become a standard hymn tune for Easter season celebrations. Your ringers will enjoy preparing and presenting this vibrant arrangement set for 2 or 3 octaves of handbells or handchimes.

Risen Today! arr. Sondra K. Tucker, Level 3
This exuberant setting of Easter Hymn can be played by handbells alone or with organ or piano and trumpet. It is accessible for most ensembles, and suitable for Easter Sunday and beyond!

A Joyful Eastertide arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3-
Master arranger Anna Laura Page weaves together three well-known Easter hymn tunes into an Easter tour de force. Your ringers will enjoy learning this piece, which includes mallets, shakes, martellatos, and chimes. Your Easter season worship, spring concert, or festival will be enriched by this exciting arrangement.

alfred-47254-fFrom Palms to Passion arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, Level 2
Two separate songs comprise this useful piece! “All Glory, Laud, and Honor” for Palm Sunday and “Were You There?” for Maundy Thursday or Good Friday will keep your handbell ensemble a part of your Holy Week observances. Accessible and well-written, this piece will become a standard in your repertoire.

Ride On! arr. Brenda E. Austin, Level 3
Christ’s entry into Jerusalem is celebrated in this exciting arrangement that includes the spirituals “Ride On, King Jesus” and “Hosanna, Loud, Hosanna.” Your ringers will have the opportunity to work on various handbell techniques, including mallets, shakes, thumb damps, martellato, and martellato lifts. This piece will energize your Palm Sunday celebration, spring concert, or festival.

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 15 years specializing in Sacred Choral, Classical Vocal and Handbell music. Jennifer is Director of Handbells at Worthington Presbyterian Church and sings in the First Church Choir at First Congregational Church in Columbus Ohio, and is also the founder, Artistic Director and bass bell ringer for Handbells Columbus.

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