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“Allegro” #4 The Rejoicing from Royal Fireworks Musick

George Frederic Handel, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-004

Level 3 for 4-7 ringers

3 octaves of handbells

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This arrangement of the Royal Fireworks Musick's fourth movement is a wonderful opener for any event because its first notes command the audience's attention.  Its playfulness involve its quick tempo and dynamic contrasts, and there is only one accidental in the entire piece.  The arrangement is for four, five, six, or seven ringers using three octaves of handbells.  Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 3 when played with seven ringers.  The black bar on the assignments page indicates the bell belongs to the primary ringer.  A secondary ringer may also be required to share some bells that belong to another ringer, and this is indicated with the grey bar.

 

 

 

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Johann Pachelbel, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-007

Level 3 for 5-6 ringers or for 3-4 ringers + keyboard

3-4 octaves of handbells

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The ever-popular canon by Pachelbel pleases any audience as a sacred prelude, wedding procession, meditative interlude, background music, or featured composition.  The arrangement is for three or four ringers plus keyboard (harp or other instrument) or five or six ringers using three or four octaves of handbells.  Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 3 when played with four or six ringers.  The black bar on the assignments page indicates the bell belongs to the primary ringer.  A secondary ringer may also be required to share some bells that belong to another ringer, and this is indicated with the grey bar.

 

This arrangement includes a heavy barline each time the ostinato pattern begins again.  With this aid, the piece can be stopped on the downbeat following a heavy barline at any time, or it can also be repeated by starting at any heavy barline.  In this way, "The Celebrated Canon" can be extended or shortened to fill any unpredictable time length.

 

 

 

 

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from Cantata No.47

Johann Sebastian Bach, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-005

Level 3 for 4-7 ringers

2 octaves of handbells

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Jesu” is an audience pleaser, both in the sacred setting and as secular meditation music.  This setting combines the melody and the popular eighth-note counter-melody together, all in only two octaves of handbells.  The effect is simplistic without being simple, and truly joyous when performed flowingly.  The arrangement is for four, five, six, or seven ringers using two octaves of handbells.  Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 3 when played with seven ringers.  The black bar on the assignments page indicates the bell belongs to the primary ringer.  A secondary ringer may also be required to share some bells that belong to another ringer, and this is indicated with the grey bar.  This piece may also be performed by four- or six-in-hand ensembles without tables, although it should be noted that there are seven accidental bells required (six of them infrequently).

 

 

 

 

 

Promised Land

American folk melody, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-002

Level 2 for 5-8 ringers

2 octaves of handbells or handchimes

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Combining flowing lines with block chords, this arrangement of the familiar hymn tune is reminiscent of a music box.  The melody is played both in the bass and the treble lines, and the easy rhythms never advance beyond the eighth note value.  Every ringer is kept busy with lots of ringing, LV, some shakes, and minimal accidentals.  There are a two "gathering points" at measures 18 and 37, where the ringers regain those who are lost or no longer together with the group's rhythm.  The arrangement is for five, six, seven, or eight ringers using two octaves of handbells (or this piece works equally well using handchimes).  Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 2 when played with seven or eight ringers. The black bar on the assignments page indicates the bell belongs to the primary ringer.  A secondary ringer may also be required to share some bells that belong to another ringer, and this is indicated with the grey bar. This piece may also be performed by four- or six-in-hand ensembles without tables.

 

 

 

 

“Sabre Dance” from Gayne Ballet

Aram Khachaturian, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-014

Level 4 for 5 ringers

3-4 octaves of handbells + percussion

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This arrangement of “Sabre Dance” is sure to charm both audience and ringers alike.  Showmanship plays heavy role, since the piece practically requires flashy movements and facial expressions.  It is a familiar tune, repetitious, and its difficulty lies in its speed.  The arrangement is for five ringers using three or four octaves of handbells plus optional percussion.  Extensive performance notes and bell assignments are provided, and the piece is Level 4 when played with five ringers.  The optional percussion include slide whistle, kazoos, pitched tone bar or triangle, two pitched wood blocks, and tambourine with drum.  If you don't have these instruments, feel free to substitute what you have available.  Mallets are required, and you may choose whether or not the high bell ringers will use the four-in-hand technique.

 

 

 

 

“The Spring” from The Four Seasons

Antonio Vivaldi, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-001

Level 3 for 4-7 ringers

2-3 octaves of handbells with optional sound effects

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This delightful arrangement of the first movement of "The Spring" is perfect for any energetic moment, regardless of season.  Its charm comes from its quick tempo and dynamic contrasts, complete with the sounds of the spring season (perhaps add a bird whistle, rainstick, props, poem, or a nature slide show).  The arrangement is for four, five, or six ringers using two or three octaves of handbells (or handchimes).  Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 3 when played with six ringers.  This piece may also be performed by four- or six-in-hand ensembles without tables.  The piece is in rondeau form, which means that it has a recurring theme (similar to a refrain) and verses that extremely differ from one another.  Rondeau form is usually explained by letters, where A equals the recurring theme, and each other letter like B or C indicate completely differing verses.  The form then looks like this: ABACADAE etcetera.  Because of its consistency, both audience and performers alike will look forward to the next time that the A theme appears.

 

 

 

 

“The Swan” from Carnival of the Animals

Camille Saint-SaĎns, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-011

4-5 octaves of handbells with soloist

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This arrangement of “The Swan” is for four ringers using four or five octaves of handbells plus a soloist.  Complete assignments are included, and the piece is Level 4 when played with four ringers.  Enclosed are solo parts for violin, viola, cello, Bb clarinet, or two octaves of handchimes.  This piece may also be performed with the accompaniment part played on a keyboard, so that the soloist may perform without the handbell quartet.  “The Swan” was originally written for cello solo with orchestral accompaniment as part of an orchestral suite entitled “Carnival of the Animals.”

 

 

 

 

Trepak” Russian Dance from The Nutcracker

Peter I. Tchaikowski, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-003

Level 3 for 5-7 ringers

2 octaves of handbells

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This Russian dance is always a familiar favorite with audiences and performers.  Although it has many accidentals and some quick rhythms, the clearly laid out arrangement is easy to read and interpret.  The tempo is quick although the written note values never exceed an eighth note value, and all rhythmic patterns are reinforced with many ringers playing block chords.  When the dynamics are performed, this arrangement is a showstopper.  The arrangement is for five, six, or seven ringers using two octaves of handbells.  Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 3 when played with seven ringers.  The black bar on the assignments page indicates the bell belongs to the primary ringer.  A secondary ringer may also be required to share some bells that belong to another ringer, and this is indicated with the grey bar.

 

 

 

 

Vivace” from Sinfonia in G

Johann Friederich Fasch, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-008

Level 3 for 5-10 ringers

 3 octaves of handbells

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Vivace” is an lively piece, arranged from Sinfonia in G for string orchestra.  True to its name, the speed is a fast 6/8 but its repeated pitches make it easier to perform (we all know how ringers love to play their note several times in a row!).  Add the dynamic contrasts, and this arrangement sparkles.   The arrangement is for five, six, seven, eight, nine, or ten ringers using three octaves of handbells.  Complete assignments are enclosed, and the piece is Level 3 when played with ten ringers.  The black bar on the assignments page indicates the bell belongs to the primary ringer.  A secondary ringer may also be required to share some bells that belong to another ringer, and this is indicated with the grey bar.

 

 

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