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Shrill Chanticleer: A Song of Emmanuel

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By James Siddons

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Small Ensemble Handbell, Organ - Level 3 - Digital Download
Composed by James Siddons. Christian, Christmas, Contemporary. Score and parts. 9 pages. James Siddons Music and Writings #6593557. Published by James Siddons Music and Writings (A0.972670).

Item Number: A0.972670

This score is for two Readers, handbells (3 octaves) and organ.

A medieval folkbelief of old Europe was that of all the animals miraculously starting to speakat the birth of the Christ Child. In about 1630, William Austin, a poet andlawyer in London, drew on this traditional belief to write one of his Carrols,for Christmas-day, in which he imagined what the most Stentorian animal ofall, the rooster, might say about the new-born Holy Infant in Bethlehem.

In setting WilliamAustin’s "carrol" to music, James Siddons has given the organ the role ofcreating a soundscape to underpin the drama of Chanticleer’s proclamation.Following each of Austin’s three stanzas (in dramatic recitation by the Readers), an adaptation of the old French tune"O Come, Emmanuel" is played by handbells in a harmonic style that recalls thepealing of church bells on Christmas morning.

Thiswork is appropriate for the beginning of Advent and Christmas day worship, andin a service or program of Christmas music; for example, a service of lessonsand carols.

The purchase price includes permission to make 14 copies of the score (2 Readers, 8-10 handbell players, organist, and conductor) and permission to video-record a performance for posting on school or church websites and in streaming broadcast.

This product was created by a member of ArrangeMe, Hal Leonard’s global self-publishing community of independent composers, arrangers, and songwriters. ArrangeMe allows for the publication of unique arrangements of both popular titles and original compositions from a wide variety of voices and backgrounds.

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