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Chanson Joyeuse (Song of Joy)

By Julie C. Stitt

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Handbells (3-5 octaves) (with optional 2 octave handchimes) - Level 3+
Composed by Julie C. Stitt. Handbell score. Published by Chorister's Guild (LO.CGB654).

Item Number: LO.CGB654

Level 3+ - This spirited original composition is written in ABACA form. Tempo changes, accidentals, plucking, swings, and martellato lifts in the A sections will challenge bass ringers, while treble ringers will enjoy fast-paced eighth notes in alternating 4/4 and 6/8 meters. Modulating into A minor, the B section features a slower, poignant melody accompanied by treble-bell chimes and echoes in the bass. The third section introduces yet another melody as it modulates to A flat major. This section features flowing eighth notes and rich melodic harmonies. "Chanson Joyeuse" brings the listener through a multitude of emotions and surely evokes the passion of life's journey.