Easter Chronicles (for 3, 4 & 5 octave handbell choirs)
Handbell Choir, Handbells - Early Intermediate
Composed by Ralph E. Hudson, Henry T. Smart and William Henry Monk. Arranged by G. R. Adkison. Christian, Sacred, Easter. Sheet Music Single. 6 pages. Published by Praising God Publications (S0.56195).
Item Number: S0.56195
"Easter Chronicles" is a 79 measure musical arrangement for 3,4 or 5 octave handbell choir with 3 octave OPTIONAL handchimes. It is a medley of Easter hymns, including “At the Cross” (“Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed”), “Thine Is the Glory” and “Hail the Day That Sees Him Rise”. After a bright, lively introduction of the sort to be expected with an Easter (Resurrection) arrangement, the main body of the arrangement then begins as a dirge---a slow, soft, minor key arrangement of “At the Cross”, using hanchimes, or handbells if no handchimes are available. This is to reflect the somber question: “Alas, And Did My Savior Bleed?”, concerning the crucifixion. Then, the last verse of “At the Cross” switches to handchimes at a stronger dynamic level, and is much faster, for a brighter, more celebratory sound, to reflect the happier words of the last verse and the chorus of that hymn. After a brief modulation, “Thine Is the Glory” starts a further musical celebration of the Resurrection, which celebration continues to the end of this medley. There is a one-measure false modulation used as a bridge between “Thine Is the Glory” and “Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise”. In the first half of “Hail The Day That Sees Him Rise”, the dynamic level alternates between forte and mezzo-piano, for an echo-type effect. I would guess that this arrangement is about a level 2, in difficulty---at least partly because the rhythms are straight-forward---no synchopations, triplets, or even 16th notes to worry about!
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