Holy God Medley (for 4 and 5 octave handbell choirs)
Handbell - Early Intermediate
Composed by William B. Bradbury and John B. Dykes. Arranged by G. R. Adkison. Christian, Sacred. Sheet Music Single. 5 pages. Published by Praising God Publications (S0.41735).
Item Number: S0.41735
"Holy God Medley" is a medley of the Christian hymns: “He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought” and “Holy, Holy, Holy” arranged for 4-5 octave handbell choirs. It starts with a two measure introduction, followed by “He Leadeth Me, O Blessed Thought”. This is fairly up-tempo, with a "surprise" modulation going into the chorus. In the chorus, there are bass runs, a brief descant line, and doubling of the melody into the high bells. There are then two verses of “Holy, Holy, Holy”. The first verse is slow and is in ¾ time, instead of the normal common meter. It is also soft and *very* plain, as a setup for the last verse, which is faster, and grows in volume to the end, with much fuller chords, and uses the normal common meter that the original hymn uses. There is another "surprise" modulation halfway through this verse. Very full chords are used, with a brief bass clef downward arpeggio in the next to last measure, to emphasize the ending. The first verse of "Holy, Holy, Holy" can be performed with handchimes, if desired, although the arrangement is not scored as such. The audio demonstration clip provided is in a piano voice (patch) but suffices to demonstrate how this arrangement is generally meant to sound. I believe that this is probably a 2+ (2 plus) arrangement in degree of difficulty.
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