Handbells, handchimes (3-5 octaves) - Grade 3
Arranged by Valerie W Stephenson. General, Sacred. Handbell score. 8 pages. Published by Hope Publishing Company (HP.2542).
Item Number: HP.2542
Scriptural Reference: 1 Corinthians 15:50-54, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Colossians 2:14, Isaiah 43:1-2, Job 1:21, Proverbs 13:19, Psalms 1:3, Psalms 103:12, Psalms 116:7, Psalms 23:2-3, Psalms 42:11, Psalms 62:5, Psalms 94:19, Revelation 6:14.
Valerie Stephenson begins this setting by combining the unique, singing bell technique on the lower bells with the melody on lower (optional) handchimes, and establishes an ethereal, serene mood. Each of the three verses is given a different treatment reflecting the theme of the text. Verse 1 (Peace) uses the singing bells; Verse 2 (Love) receives a full hymn statement, and Verse 3 (Joy) is malleted throughout in a quasi-boogie style. The ending returns to a modified repeat of Verse 1. This enchanting arrangement is suitable for any time of year and a mellifluous choice for festivals. For 3-5 octaves with optional 2-3 octave handchimes and wind chimes.