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Christmas Joy

By George Frederick Handel, Phillips Brooks, John Francis Wade, and Felix Mendelssohn

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Handbell - Early Intermediate
Composed by George Frederick Handel, Phillips Brooks, John Francis Wade, and Felix Mendelssohn. Arranged by G. R. Adkison. Christian, Sacred, Christmas. Sheet Music Single. 4 pages. Published by Praising God Publications (S0.41473).

Item Number: S0.41473

"Christmas Joy" is a 3-4-5 octave, 58 measure, handbell choir arrangement, which is a medley of Christmas carols, including "Joy to the World", "O, Little Town of Bethlehem", a little bit of "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and the chorus to "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". I would guess that this arrangement is a level 2+ (2 plus) degree of difficulty, due primarily to the quick eighth-note bass runs in "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". It starts softly, then repeats the opening phrase (Joy to the World") twice, each time louder. The last time, which actually starts the carol, is loud and bold. This naturally contrasts with the next carol ("O, Little Town of Bethlehem"). The first line of "O Come Let Us Adore Him" forms a natural-sounding bridge to the enthusiastic chorus of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing". The very ending is half-timed, with tolls (swings). I think that this arrangement is probably a 2+ (2 plus) level of difficulty.

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