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How Far Is it to Bethlehem?

By Martha Lynn Thompson

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Handbells 3-5
Arranged by Martha Lynn Thompson. Score. Chorister's Guild #CGB949. Published by Chorister's Guild (CG.CGB949).

Item Number: CG.CGB949

This engaging setting of the English carol, STOWEY (How Far Is it to Bethlehem) also incorporates the CRADLE SONG tune of Away in a Manger and snippets of Brahms' Lullaby. The first 2 stanzas are full-chord settings of the two carols with short interludes connecting the two. The last stanza returns to How Far Is It to Bethlehem rung on handchimes beneath a descant played with mallets on suspended handbells. The use of mallets is optional. The setting is accessible for young ringers, but also effective and enjoyable for more experienced ringers.

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