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Handbell Music for General Worship Spring 2019 Monday, February 25, 2019

bpi-hb617-frecommended by Jennifer F., Classical Vocal and Handbell Music Specialist

Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee arr. Douglas Anderson, Level 2+
Douglas Anderson’s arrangement of the hymn tune ST. AGNES is a perfect choice for the smaller ensemble looking for more of a musical challenge. The setting is straightforward, but careful attention is required to bring out the melody. A verse in minor with the melody on chimes provides aural contrast, and a final triumphant verse brings the piece to a satisfying conclusion.

We’ve a Story to Tell arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3
Anna Laura Page has created a solid setting of the cherished hymn. With full, robust chords and expert use of LV, martellato and other techniques, this arrangement builds to a brilliant finish. For general use, especially services with a mission focus.

lorenz-531369And Can It Be That I Should Gain arr. Jason W. Krug, Level 1
Jason Krug’s arrangement of this stately hymn is the perfect choice if you re looking for something that will sound great yet require minimal rehearsal time. This selection will work wonderfully as a teaching piece or for mixed levels of massed ringing groups.

Lamb of God arr. Lloyd Larson, Level 2
With minimal bell changes and the support of the piano accompaniment, this is easily learned and a powerful presentation for the Lent and Easter season.

I Stand Amazed in the Presence arr. Anna Laura Page, Level 3-
Anna Laura Page’s bright and uplifting arrangement of the familiar gospel song will enhance any worship service. This piece highlights God’s all-encompassing and unconditional love toward us.

bpi-hb609-fLove Divine, All Loves Excelling arr. Patricia Hurlbutt, Level 2+
Patricia Hurlbutt’s arrangement of the hymntune BEECHER is a treat to hear and ring, and is quite approachable for most smaller ensembles. A straightforward setting of the tune leads into a verse played entirely with mallets, before giving way to a slower, majestic final iteration. A wonderful addition to the repertoire for two and three octave ensembles!

Three Hymns of Adoration arr. Linda Scholes, Level 1
The fourth installment in Lorenz’s “Level One Ringer” series, this trio of selections will highlight any Level 1 ensemble. Written for 2 or 3 octaves of handbells or handchimes, it includes three treasured hymns: “All Creatures of Our God and King,” “Beautiful Savior/Fairest Lord Jesus,” and “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee.” Encourage your congregation to praise and adore God with this awe-inspiring piece!

alfred-47796-fThe Saints of God arr. Sondra K. Tucker, Level 3
“…All of them saints of God and I mean, God helping, to be one too!” Perfect for baptism, confirmation, All Saints, or general use, this solid arrangement of GRAND ISLE captures the innocence and sweetness of the well-loved hymn.

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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