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He Is So Good (for 3, 4 or 5 octave handbell choir)

By Anonymous and Ralph E. Hudson

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Handbell - Intermediate
Composed by Anonymous and Ralph E. Hudson. Arranged by G. R. Adkison. Christian, Sacred, Easter. Sheet Music Single. 4 pages. Published by Praising God Publications (S0.41751).

Item Number: S0.41751

"He Is So Good" is a 3-4-5 octave, 45 measure medley of the Christian hymns “God Is So Good” and “At the Cross” (“Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed”) arranged for 3-4-5 octave handbell choirs. Because of the inclusion of "At the Cross", this arrangement might be suitable for Easter/Lent. The overall theme is the love of God for us, whether as the Father or as Jesus. The strategy of this arrangement is to start out softly and *very* plainly and build---both in volume and in complexity. From the chorus of “At the Cross” to the end, a lot of doubling of the melody in the highest bells is used. There are two “surprise” modulations used in the chorus of “At the Cross”. In "At the Cross" there are chords used that are more interesting than those in the original hymn. After the triple-forte volume level at the end, there is a mezzo-piano tag, echoing the melody of the preceding musical phrase, with a chord progression that is substantially different from the original version of this hymn. This arrangement is probably a 3 plus (3+) level of difficulty, with the "plus" being due to some eighth-note runs in the bass line towards the end of "At the Cross". The demonstration audio file provided is in a piano voice (patch) but suffices to demonstrate how the arrangement is generally meant to sound.

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