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Endless Fanfare

Nicolas Jacques Lemmens, arr. Paul W. Allen – BFX-010

Level 3 for 11-12 ringers

3-6 octaves of handbells

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“Endless Fanfare” is a transcription of an original organ toccata composed by the Parisian organist Nicolas Jacques Lemmens.  In the style of a French suite, this piece may be condensed or expanded to fit nearly any performance situation.  Played quickly and without repeats, it builds to a satisfying climax.  Taken at a more moderate tempo and with all repeats (including an unwritten but implied optional DC from the end of measure 78), “Endless Fanfare” may continue forever.   The arrangement is for full choir using three, four, five, or six octaves of handbells, and the piece is Level 3 when played with a full complement of ringers.

 

 

 

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“From the New World” Symphony No.9, Third Movement

Antonin Dvorak, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-015

Level 5 for 12 ringers

4-6 octaves of handbells

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This arrangement of “From the New World” (Third Movement) is for full bell choir using four to six octaves of handbells.   When played with twelve ringers, the piece is rated at Level 5.  Filled with interesting and contrasting rhythms and techniques, this arrangement is fun to play and thoroughly enjoyable to hear.  Each range of the bells is featured in different ways at different times in the piece.  The middle bells have a lot of rhythm and technique changes which are not very difficult and will keep the ringers smiling.  The super bass bells sometimes play the part of the timpani or strong brass, and at other times have a counter melody all their own.  The high bells may carry the melody (often doubled in octaves), but that same melody is often echoed in the other bell ranges as well just a beat or two later.

 

 

 

 

Gladiolus Rag

Scott Joplin, arr. Paul W. Allen – BFX-009

Level 4 for 11-12 ringers

3-4 octaves of handbells

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“Gladiolus Rag” is a fun rendition of Scott Joplin's rag, with a variety of stopped sounds to keep both ringers and listeners smiling.  The bass provides a steady beat for the treble's predictable but somewhat tricky rhythms.  This arrangement works equally well, regardless the octaves of handbells available.  The arrangement is for full choir using three, four, or five octaves of handbells, and the piece is Level 4 when played with a full complement of ringers.

 

 

 

 

A Stroll on “Duke Street”

John Hatton, arr. Cheryl (Sutton) Baker – BFX-006

Level 2 for 11-12 ringers

3-6 octaves of handbells

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The title is derived from the tune name “Duke Street” and it depicts both the tempo and style of the arrangement.  It is flowing and meditative, with colorful LV patterns and melody both in the bass and treble.  Rated at a Level 2 because of its slow tempo and easy rhythms, “A Stroll on ‘Duke Street’” can be interpreted very musically, with crescendos and spiritually high moments.  Its three verses are each treated differently, with the last verse raises the key signature a half step and then yet another half step as it grows with intensity.  Although based on a hymn tune, the title allows this arrangement to be used for any audience.  Suggestions are included for sacred environments using the lyrics “I know that my redeemer lives,” and for secular environments using the visual imagery of a nature walk.  The arrangement is for full bell choir using three to six octaves of handbells.  When played with 11-12 ringers, the piece is rated at Level 2.

 

 

 

 

Vibrations

William A. PaynBFX-013

Part A = Level 2 for 2-3 octaves of handbells or handchimes or keyboard

Part B = Level 3 for 4-5 octaves of handbells or keyboard

Part C = Level 4 for 5-7 octaves of handbells or piano four-hands

Full score and separate Parts A, B, and C are included.

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Listen to Parts ABC together

The composition is for three ensembles to be performed together.  The "melody" is a four-note pattern consisting of E, A, E, and F as demonstrated by the first four notes.  The tricky but fun thing about using this pattern is that each beat consists of three eighth notes, although the pattern has four notes.  Therefore the "melody" wraps and loops around the rhythms until it starts again, usually on beat one of a measure.  This piece was commissioned by the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers (AGEHR) Area XII for their June 1998 Ringers Conference in Visalia, California.  It was premiered there under the baton of the composer William Payn, and performed by 450 ringers.

 

 

 

 

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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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