Angels We Have Heard on High (for 3, 4 & 5 octave handbell choir.)
Handbell Choir, Handbells - Early Intermediate
Composed by Traditional French Carol (anonymous). Arranged by G. R. Adkison. Christian, Sacred, Christmas. Sheet Music Single. 5 pages. Published by Praising God Publications (S0.60129).
Item Number: S0.60129
"Angels We Have Heard on High" is a 3-4-5 octave, 66 measure, 3 verse arrangement of the Christmas carol and Christian hymn. Two octaves of OPTIONAL handchimes are also used, but bells can be substituted for the chimes, if desired. The first part of the 1st verse alternates between chimes and bells. This verse is basic, for contrast with the succeeding verses. In the 2nd verse, the melody is in the bass clef, with higher bells contributing a “butterfly” background effect. The chorus is more robust than the verse, and than the preceding chorus. In the 3rd verse, descants are added. In the last chorus, melody doubling in the high bells is used, and the bass is more complex than that of the traditional arrangement of the carol. A shake and a martellato note are used at the end. The MP3 audio clip provided is in a piano voice/patch, but suffices to demonstrate how the arrangement is generally meant to sound. This is probably a 2+ (2 plus) level of difficulty.
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