Scherzando of Joy

3-6 octaves of bells with 3 octaves of chimes. Level 4

A playful, somewhat jazzy frolic incorporating the melody of Beethoven’s Hymn to Joy.

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A Voice in the Night is Calling

for 3 – 4 Octaves, or 5 – 6 Octaves (best with 4 or more), optional 2 octaves of Chimes, optional solo voice (alto/baritone) or SATB choir. Level 3, only because of some triplet rhythms and chime/bell changes.  No accidentals or key changes.

Version for solo voice with 8 bells and guitar also available.

Sample below is with 4 octaves of bells, plus chimes and solo:

The text speaks of a contemporary experience that reflects the calling of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10. More about the text and the context of the song, as well as performance notes, can be read in the sample (only the 5-6 octave version posted so far; more samples to come).

This piece has received some international exposure, having been taken to Israel by director Deborah Rice on a tour with Canadian and American ringers.  This is one of two collaborations with Richard Reimer, Lutheran Campus Minister, University of Alberta (Majestic Images is the other).

Majestic Images

for 4, 5 or 6 octaves of bells,  and optional 3 octaves of chimes. L4

Listen to a midi sound sample here and see a sample of the score here.

A stately, 8-measure, hymn-like theme with variations.  Several key changes and some rhythmic challenges with alternating triplets and 8ths, and triplets against duplets.  The transparent texture of several variations adds to the challenge, as well.  Play with lots of rubato.

I would love to have a recording of a real performance; if you play this and can provide a recording, it will be much appreciated.